Me and Maria (1979).
In a nutshell, there are two mottos to live by:
QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP. You may be full of regrets. But, you can’t change the past. No woulda, coulda, shoulda. Move forward.
STOP THROWING STONES. Stop attacking people and finding fault. People who throw stones are so mean and petty.
My father said it all, when he said this to me: “Despite your illness and all of those obstacles in your life, I am so impressed with what you have managed to accomplish. You have a magnificent home, you are still married to David, and you have very successful children, too. I am very proud to be your father.”
This kind of praise lifted me out of my depression, because all of my life I have been beating myself up. I am my own worst critic. When I heard these words from my father, I felt so much better. I can put my life into perspective, now.
Yet, people keep throwing stones at me, trying to make me feel inferior. I try not to let it get to me.
After all, how many 70 year old women have what I have?