By Aimee Crocker
If i've got lived absolutely and richly I thank God for it. My purely regrets are for the issues that i haven't performed and for the reviews i have never had. additionally for the folk i have never known.
I think totally that residing, within the completest experience of that observe . . . gaining knowledge of the entire great thing about residing and plunging one’s self totally into the humans that swarm via this existence . . . is a natural paintings. it really is, I in truth imagine, the top inventive accomplishment we will desire for. the entire recognized arts. . . your work, your sculpture, your song, your books . . . all these issues are just the symbols of that greater paintings: living.
I were accused of dwelling adventurously. allow us to admit the note. yet i have not been an “adventuress.” If i haven't cared approximately your man-made conventions (and each glossy school-girl may chortle at these of my day), i used to be no longer immoral, yet un-moral. If i've got usually enjoyed, i've got a minimum of enjoyed good and completely. i've got not anything to feel embarrassment about, regardless of the scandalous press reviews that hopeful newshounds controlled to exploit to amuse a scandal-loving public. And if i've got dared to stay my nostril into hassle simply because the sport used to be enjoyable, does it make me a brazen hussy?
No, this isn't an apology.
It is the reminiscences of a lady who's now not younger and who has crowded loads of circulation and enjoyable and motion and love and experience right into a lifetime now drawing in the direction of its close.
And if i may dwell it back, this very lengthy lifetime of mine, i'd like to do so. And the single distinction will be that i might try and crowd in nonetheless extra ... extra areas, extra issues, extra ladies, extra males, extra love, extra excitement.
Let the Mrs. Grundys arch their eyebrows and achieve for his or her smelling salts.
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