What season of life are you in now?
Are you in your teens, your 20’s, 30’s 40’s, 50’s or 60’s ?
I am in my 60’s and I have enjoyed every season of my life.
That’s the key!! To enjoy wherever season you find yourself in right now.
I heard someone say that “Getting old is a privilege-not everyone gets to be old.” I believe it to be true!
Getting old comes with its own set of challenges, and those challenges are different for everyone.
For me, it came gradually…
First, right after I turned 40 all of a sudden, everything I read was blurry.
My perfect vision was betraying me! Got reading glasses. No big deal, right? Except that since then I went from a 1.0 lens to a 2.50!
Then the knee pain started to show up. Doctor says I have arthritis!!
Oh no, not me!! My mom, my aunt, “old” people have arthritis, not me!!!
And it has been downhill from there. I don’t want to depress you, not at all!
“Getting old is a privilege,” I tell myself as I continue in this mortal journey. And I do believe it is!
Now that I am older, my life has changed in so many wonderful ways: when I feel lonely, I have so many memories of good times with family and friends to help me through them.
As I look back at a lifetime of accomplishments, as small as they might seem to others, they are my victories, my trajectory thru the years. They sustain me and have taught me so much.
I have a posterity to rejoice in, to teach by example and to learn from. I have strength to overcome the impossible, ( as it seems at times) because I can look back and see that I have overcome much and I am still here; wiser, and more determined than ever to succeed – I am whole, I didn’t fall apart.
I feel I am calmer before difficult times; that it really doesn’t matter that much what others think of me, because I know who I am.
My home is clean, and beautiful to me. I don’t need to have the latest furnishings, the “model home look” in every room of my home.
My home is full of books that have been read, music that makes me “twist and shout” and music that soothes my soul; pictures of the ones I love most in the world ; knick knacks made by the grandchildren; toys in the living room; popcorn kernels from watching a chick flick with my daughter and granddaughter, or a game with my husband and grandsons; blankets that are soft, in different patterns to snuggle in and watch a favorite show with the love of my life, or to read a book on a rainy day all curled up.
Aw, the simple joys of life!! That’s it! Getting old for me means simplifying everything, every facet of my life without worrying what others will think.
I have lived long enough to know what’s important to me, what makes me happy, what I need to let go, and I’ve learned to forgive everyone, including myself for the mistakes I have made.
We have had our share of fear, sickness, heartbreak, disappointments, frustrations, despair, and we got through it all with the Lord’s help, and you will too.
Come what may and love it!
Whatever season you are in now, enjoy it! Simplify your life!
Don’t be afraid to get old. It is as good as you make it, and if you consider it a privilege, your attitude will carry you through the hard times.
Make it a great life despite it all, and I pray that you too, will have the privilege of getting old.
Suely Sanders is our wonderful, dear friend, and we are so happy to have her
Be Our Guest today. We look forward to hearing from Suely again very soon!