I’ve been meaning to post the lyrics to You’re Aging Well forever. It’s a song written and performed by a woman I went to college with, Dar Williams. When I first heard it, maybe 15 years ago, the lyrics struck me as such an excellent message, I wanted all of the “older” women I knew (at the time, that would have been my mom and my mom’s friends) to hear it. Let’s just say it was more of an abstract concept to my 25-year-old self.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago. It was an especially stressful time in this Formerly’s life. Toddler twins, full-time, high-stress, deadline-driven job, head-butting with the husband, the whole nine. I shipped myself off to a yoga retreat in the Berkshires and something about trying to get my heel behind my head or maybe just slowing down for a few days was just what I needed. I started to feel the spigot of emotions loosening. Finally, on day three, on a walk through the woods, You’re Aging Well came up through my headphones.
Yes, I started bawling. I had to sit down on a rock in the woods. If you knew me personally, you’d know I’m not one to spontaneously cop a squat on something dirty laying around in the middle of nature. OK, sure, maybe some of my reaction had to do with the fact that I was going cold turkey off of chocolate and coffee up there in the damn mountains and I was a bit on edge. But I really do think it was the song that had profound impact, especially because whenever I hear it, now that I’m back on the sauce, I am moved.
I found this video on Youtube, so you can hear it too. The images are bit cheezy, but less so than the other two that were there and featured distracting images of women fighting for sufferage. If you listen to the lyrics closely, you won’t be disappointed.