From Lust to Dust

“Lust to Dust”

A fantastic phrase coined by Dr Gladys (picture to the left) – my new inspiration, I met recently at a fundraiser for The Living Medicine Foundation, in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Originally, many years ago in my early 20’s, I saw a movie that changed my mind set about old age, Harold and Maude. For me, here was this absolutely incredible older lady who was still seducing younger people into the magnificence of life. I wanted to be like her. I wanted to still be sassy and sexy in my 80’s. That was my goal.

Recently I came face to face with Dr Gladys, who is 98 this year. Still up there, speaking, inspiring, creating, living, laughing and being. Wow! I met my new mentor! I want to be like her when I grow up. 20 years old to 80 years old seemed massive. A great goal. But now that I’m in my early 50’s, 90 plus seems like a massive goal. And close to 100 an even better goal!

A sudden shift in my mind set occurred. A new realistic, attainable goal. 

I never saw past 83 before and now I see my future as someone who reaches 100! It is possible. It is realistic! 

I am inspired to live long and healthy. To give, to be of service, to do what I can to help my fellow humanity make the most of their short existence here on planet earth. 

A term I heard that Dr Gladys has used many times in her lifetime is “Lust to Dust.”

From lust we come, and to dust we return.

It’s the time in between that makes us who we are and gives us our experience here on this planet. 

As a sexologist I love the concept of lust. It’s that primal urge that created us, that we live for and search for, that drives us in our lives. Our lust for life and living is what keeps us going. Our lust for love. Our lust for satisfaction, health, happiness. 

Lust is such a great word. It embodies desire, passion, action. It truly is the driving force of our lives. Without lust, life is meaningless, empty. Lust is the fuel that drives our existence. 


Do you have a lust for life? A lust for living? A lust for love? A lust for being?

As Dr Gladys says, our lives are Lust to Dust. Let’s feel the lust. Create more lust. Embody lust. Be lust. 

The dust will be all too soon. It is inevitable. It is our destiny. But until we become dust, let’s enjoy Lust!

Thank you Dr Gladys for inspiring my lust and may my lust for life live on until I am dust. 

(Quote from the movie Harold and Maude)