I know some of you following this blog are older than I am, and I’d love for you to share some of the positive things you’ve learned as you’ve gotten older.
It’s funny, turning 50 wasn’t that big a deal for me. Turning 55 was ‘hitting the speed limit’ and kind of humorous to talk about. This past year when I turned 57, laughing about my age was a bit more challenging. It’s like ‘Oh no, I’m almost 60!’ I guess I need to take my maternal grandmother’s attitude, that age is just a number, and it is (just a number)! On Facebook yesterday, I ran across a post about a couple that had been married 80 years, yes 80! The husband still had that ‘cat that ate the canary smile’ on his face, and they were holding hands. It was so sweet. Those of you who go to my church have probably met a couple named Grace and Roy that are very devoted to each other. She’s the love of his life, and she speaks so lovingly of him. I hate to think of either of them without the other; that’s sad.
I recently realized that some things that used to get me riled up no longer do. I seem to be calmer and happier. (Of course, the fact that I have a job I like might have something to do with this.) In any case, I have some theories as to why this might be. Could it be I’m learning to be more patient? Maybe I’m just tired of some of life’s stupid dramas. Maybe some things just no longer matter. The jury’s still out on the answer, but does it really matter? I want to focus on things that DO matter, like what should be on my ‘bucket list.’ (To you who’ve never seen the movie ‘The Bucket List,’ these friends have a list of things they want to do before they die or ‘kick the bucket.’) I want to consider what kind of (further) legacy I will leave on this earth. What do I still want to achieve? Where does God want to lead me with my writing abilities? How do I want to be remembered? What work does He still have for me to do? Time will tell. Life is an adventure. God is good. The next ‘chapter’ of my life is yet to be written, and God is the divine author… Where does He want to lead you?
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