Since my early years I have always had a Pagan approach to life. Trying different paths and philosophies and never settling down.
Along came marriage and children, overtime at work and little time for other things.
You have all probably been there or still are.
It was not until I reached the grand age of sixty two that I became interested in Druidry. A room full of books later I scraped enough money together to pay for the O.B.O.D Bardic course.
As I waited impatiently for the first instalment guess who came knocking, Mr Negativity himself. “What do you think you are doing” he said, “Don’t be silly, you will be dead before you get to the Druidry course” he said. “Why don’t you act your age and build a model railway or something” he said. “How are you going to remember everything at your age” he said and on it went.
By the time the first Gwers arrived I had lost all hope. Fortunately, I have a stubborn nature and determinedly dived in to the Gwers. My initial reaction was very positive, “I can cope with this, bite size chunks of information to be absorbed in your own time, that will do”.
I eventually discovered the Grove of the Corieltauvi and felt at home, all was wonderful until guess who? came knocking again. “You had better get a move on with these studies, you are not a spring chicken any more”. “You should do one Gwersi a week, stay on track, get it finished, you don’t know how long you have”. At first I reacted to this, ploughing through the Gwersi like there was no tomorrow.
Five weeks later something changed, a message from within or from without “Stop, what are you doing, this is madness, why the rush, what do you expect to achieve? Listen, it is about the journey and not the destination. Savour each day and practice what you have learnt so far, experience the wonder of life and the joy of being alive.
I do have a lot to be grateful for and Druidry has provided me with a new and wonderful approach to life. No fear of becoming a couch potato and moaning about my lot. Avoiding the slow degeneration into non existence and obscurity.
So, if any of you feel that you may be too old to start again stop listening to Mr Negativity and listen to your heart, you will be surprised.
By the way I do not have a beard just long hair, does that qualify as a stereotype.