Kate Approved: Acceptance

Two places in the world that have always captured my attention:  The Blarney Stone and the Taj Mahal.  Yeah, I know pretty disparate interests but these are my places.  Everybody gets to have their own places and these are mine.

In my life, I’ve been pretty lucky to see both of these places.  My way of seeing these places is not the same as what others have experienced, but that’s OK with me.

When we went to visit the Blarney Stone in Ireland and listened to the folk tales and history surrounding the stone, stared at the tower that held the stone at the top and I didn’t go to the top and kiss the stone.  Nope.  I stayed at the bottom of the tower and chose not to climb the winding and potentially wet, slippery steps,  talking to people as they descended from the tower.  Their stories and pictures of kissing the stone were delightful and I was happy they shared.

The Taj Mahal is quite literally breath-taking.  The Taj itself sites in a large garden area surrounded by high brick walls.  As people pass through the large openings in the wall, you are stuck by the incredible beauty of the Taj.  There are beautiful gardens and water features surrounding to the ivory-white marble mausoleum flanked by minarets.  To get to the main portion of the Mausoleum, you have to climb a set of marble stairs wearing a pair of paper booties.  The climb to the mausoleum was beyond my capabilities so I sat below in the gardens admiring what must be the most beautiful building in the world.

You see, I got to the Blarney Stone and the Taj Mahal but I did it on my terms.  I never thought I’d ever see these two places but because I was happy to accept seeing these places may be different than other people, but believe me, just being there was more than enough.

Your life and what you can do has changed because of age and/or mobility issues.  Once you accept what you can do, a whole world of possibilities opens to you.


Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance and facing your fears.
Gillian Anderson, actress