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Queen of My Own Life

I know who I am, and I like myself.
That wasn’t so a few years ago.
No past regrets
No future fears
Can hold me back any more.
Faith, hope, love
That’s what I choose
Laughter, friendship
And yes, my Muse
From today, I will always be
Queen of my own life,
Just watch me.


The other day, I had a great laugh when some thought that the ultimate insult they could throw at me was call me ‘an old woman’. I found it funny, because here I am dying to be 50 when I’m still 48! I felt a little sorry too for that young woman – for having such a twisted view of life and aging.  Perhaps, she just reflects what society believes about women and aging.

The fact is that journeying through midlife can be a wonderful experience. I wish more women would realize some truths about aging, midlife and menopause. The truth is that aging is not something that happens to you and you have no control over. In fact, it’s a wonderful time to reinvent yourself.

You know what the best news about this time of life is? It is that start of one of the most creative times of your life. You are no longer competing with anyone else other than yourself.  Over all,  you’re a lot cooler than you were as an opinionated, competitive, can’t-see-the-other-point-of-view 25 year old!

Now if that’s not wonderful, what is?


I’m on Day 6 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words.


  1. […] – just that hitting the half-way mark (yes, I have great genes! ) seems so exciting! Midlife is highly recommended – I can’t understand what the fuss about getting old is all […]

  2. Sammy D Sammy D March 21, 2014

    I so agree with your thoughts and congratulate you on being your own Queen. The longer I’m on this side of middle-age, the more I realize how hard those earlier decades were. We might be losing some physical capabilities, but the wisdom and perspective more than compensate.

  3. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen March 17, 2014

    Ha, Corinne ! What a post !! That was just too good. Yes, let’s just leave her at that. You’re so young at heart, and what’s wrong in being old…we all grow physically old every day. What matters is the way we love life, for us life is always brilliant ! Love, Corinne ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Psych Babbler Psych Babbler March 14, 2014

    Those are som beautiful lines at the start Corinne…”I know who I am, I like myself”…not many can say that. I am still learning who I am. I love how gracefully so many women take aging…I do believe it’s a mental thing and as you said, a myth perpetuated by society about women and aging. You rock, you ‘old woman’! ๐Ÿ˜›
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  5. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend March 12, 2014

    Heh, I don’t consider myself old, nor do I consider myself young. I’m 31, soon to be 32, and perfectly happy with my life. I hear songs on the radio glorifying reckless youth, and I just can’t relate. Maybe because I didn’t have wild teenage years. I don’t know.

    I’m glad you’re the Queen of your life. I hope to age as gracefully as you. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. richa singh richa singh March 10, 2014

    I know about that young woman and I didn’t tell you but when you told about the incident (albeit jokingly) I felt very angry. I couldn’t of course do anything about it because what difference would it be then in being me.

    Corinne I am amazed how smoothly and easily you wrote the post centering around an incident which you saw in different light..
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  7. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair March 9, 2014

    I am looking forward to meeting you someday Corinne and giving you a tight hug. Your posts leave me nodding my head in agreement. I am so glad I am not an opinionated 25 year old anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. Kathy Combs Kathy Combs March 9, 2014

    I think that is so true. I have discovered on my own that it isn’t the end, it is only the beginning and it is only getting better. I am more creative and more comfortable in my own skin.
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  9. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo March 8, 2014

    Age is just but a number. Beautiful poem and fitting reply to the one whose wings are clipped in society’s conservative mindset:)

  10. Aditi Aditi March 8, 2014

    I know who I am, and I like myself! This line says it all…herein lies the essence! Love the poem and the post! You are fab and an inspiration to so many of us!

  11. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra March 8, 2014

    Yes, aging wisely can be cool and creatively satisfying! As long as one still feels young at heart, age is merely a number.
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  12. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando March 8, 2014

    I’m right there with you on the whole aging thing, Corinne. I just turned 59! And, I’m loving life more now than ever before. There’s so much to be said about experiences of life and the joys and memories they hold for us.
    Funny that a younger woman called you “old.” The other day, Virginia looked closely at my hands and said, “Old hands, Gammie.” It made me laugh so hard when I thought of all I’ve done in life to earn those old hands. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love and blessings, my queen! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Pixie Pixie March 7, 2014

    okay.. whoever called you “old” really doesn’t have eyes! bah!
    And yes, may you always been your own Queen Corinne!

    hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  14. Sulekha Sulekha March 7, 2014

    Oh yes, it is the most creative time of our lives. I am loving being 50 and can’t stop smiling, writing and living life to the fullest. More power to us :)great post.

  15. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg March 7, 2014

    Queen of my life….Love this attitude, Corinne! You are more than capable of making this as a way of life. I believe in you. โ™ฅ
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  16. Kalpana Solsi Kalpana Solsi March 7, 2014

    Corinne , I remember those lovely lines written by William Henley:
    I am the master of my fate
    I am the captain of my soul.

    and as you said I am the Queen of my life.
    Taking age as it comes and accepting it requires grace and wisdom. ‘Old age ‘ is not an insult but a compliment.
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  17. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian March 7, 2014

    I agree 100% that each person must be queen/king of her/his own life.

    Just one point: the statement “youโ€™re a lot cooler than you were as an opinionated, competitive, canโ€™t-see-the-other-point-of-view 25 year old” assumes that one was opinionated, competitive, and canโ€™t-see-the-other-point-of-view at 25. That may not necessarily be true. I prefer “youโ€™re as cool as, if not cooler than, you were as a 25 year old”. After all, when it comes to ‘cool’ness, age is only a number.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 7, 2014

      Thanks, Pro. I realize that what didn’t come through I was talking about me as a 25 year old! And I absolutely agree with you. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  18. Dr. Sushree Dash Dr. Sushree Dash March 7, 2014

    That’s so wonderful indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ Just loved this post …
    A very beautiful short crispy poem ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thank you so much for the Write Tribe festival of words ….it helped me explore my creativity to such a large extent . I got to know so many new bloggers and writers who visited my blog and appreciated it too . That really motivated a newbie blogger like me .

    A heartfelt Thanks to you and Write Tribe ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury March 7, 2014

    I certainly enjoy being “old woman”. Love my grey hair and love my laughter lines. Most of all, I love my “second innings”!

    Hugs! We’re blessed, you know?
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