rosh hashanah resolution

Rosh Hashanah Resolution: Accepting My Aging Body

To gear up for the High Holidays this year, we’re asking our writers and readers for their Rosh Hashanah Resolution. Here’s one from Kveller writer Renee Septimus.

Now that I am not such a “young” grandmother,” I resolve to accept my physical self for what I have become: laugh lines edge my eyes, I see a slight sag in my neck, and there is surely lots of gray under the auburn colored hair. My pieces and parts have re-distributed in such a way that I don’t recognize my body as my own. I need to accept that, not feel badly about it.

I hope I can accept the “invisibility” that comes with age and consider it liberating, not depressing. (You know how you hate it when a group of construction workers stare as you walk by and you feel them mentally undressing you? You’re gonna hate it more when they don’t.)


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Renee SeptimusRenée Septimus is a social worker and Jewish educator. She lives with her husband Joe on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and is the very proud mom of four married children and a savta (that's Hebrew for grandmother) to a (growing) bunch of absolutely perfect grandchildren!

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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