Tuning into the Diane Rehm show the other day, I was gifted by hearing an interview with Mary Chapin Carpenter - a favorite singer, songwriter and musician of mine. Many years back my teenaged son, not a fan, stood in a 2 hour line to get me an autographed CD! He knew I liked of her soulful, honest and poignant lyrics and voice.
Here’s and excerpt from the show I found particularly potent:
REHM: What does the reality of reaching middle age… mean to your heart?
CARPENTER: …It means strength to me, but it's also, more than anything, just being as honest as possible with myself about myself. And accepting what I'm not good at, accepting what I need to work on as a person, as a human being, as a friend, as a member of my family, every relationship I have because I feel like in the end, that's all that matters are how we're connected to one another.
…more than anything is the idea that you reach a time in your life, and what's far more important to you than answers are the questions you're asking yourself…. And they're asking me where is your heart, where is your home, where's love. And my answer, I had no answers… And that's the thing. It's as if you reach a point, it's not knowing everything, but it's just being open to the world… and that's what I want to be…leaving behind old habits that don't make sense, not even remembering why you have them… it’s just being open, being freer.