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The purple hat

This morning I shared an article on Twitter about 24 THINGS WOMEN OVER 30 SHOULD WEAR. It reminded me of “Chapéu Violeta”, a Brazilian poem from Erma Bombeck. Here goes my amateur translation of the poem:

“At 3 years old, she looks at herself and sees a queen.
At 8 years old, she looks at herself and see Cinderella.
At 15 years old she looks at herself and sees a horrible nun.
At 20 years old, she sees herself too fat, too lean, too tall, too short, too straight, too curly, but decides she doesn’t have time for that and she goes out out anyways…
At 40 years old, she sees herself too fat, too lean, too tall, too short, too straight, too curly, but says at least I am a good person and she goes out out anyways…
At 50 years old, she looks at herself and sees how she really is… she goes out and does whatever she wants
At 60 years old, she looks at herself and remembers all the people that cannot look themselves in the mirror anymore… she goes out and conquer the world…
At 70 years old, she looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, skills… she goes out to the world and enjoys life
At 80 years old she doesn’t bother to look at herself anymore… simply put a purple hat and goes to have fun with the world… Maybe we should put that violet hat earlier…”

You can read the original poem here.

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