When Patti Davis walked into World Gym that morning, what she did was reclaim the vitality she had allowed drugs to deplete. Her decision to bare herself to the world, once again, in More,may be considered daring, brave, bold, or egotistical, myopic and delusional. None of us women of a certain age have the bodies we had fifteen years, or maybe even fifteen minutes ago—and that is as it should be. There are many hundreds of thousands of women who, no matter how much time they spend at the gym, will never be possessed of long, lean limbs and taut bellies—because they were never there in the first place. They will still see the imperfection of cellulite, knobby knees, sagging breasts, bunions, flesh that is more loosely attached to the frame than it used to be. Because that’s part of the process of living and aging. But more than advancing years, or wrinkly elbows, it is the run down, enervated spirit that makes us read old. There are lots of daily events and situations that can drain the life force out of us if we let it. So if kick boxing or pumping iron keeps your juices flowing, go for it. But singing in the choir, learning to speak another language, or adopting a puppy can keep the life in you too.
Embracing the energetic, adventurous, playful, curious girl who we may have abandoned in our eagerness to be "grown" keeps us vital, whether we're ready for our portrait au naturale or not. The point is that neither Patti’s vision of herself, or our vision of her is what matters. What matters is our acceptance and appreciation of the vessel, the miraculous container we find ourselves in.
Causes DeBerry Grant Supports
Heifer International, American Red Cross, Second Harvest, Gods Love We Deliver, Habitat for Humanity