Age Is Not a Prison Sentence!

9 Oct

Once I (Pam) got a birthday card that read: “You know you are getting older when you go to an antiques auction on your birthday and the audience bids on YOU!”

Old Couple in HammockAging can sometimes squelch the joy, and take the LOL right out of you. My husband volunteered to donate bone marrow, and one day a medical official called to ask Bill questions as he was a qualifying match. The nurse needed to know all of Bill’s medications and also what supplements he took, so he reeled off things like calcium, magnesium, and the like; then Bill said, “Ummmm, ahhhhh, I also take umm, something else ~ you know, that herb that is supposed to help your mind remember.”

The nurse replied with a giggle, “ You mean Ginkgo? So Mr. Farrel, how is that working for you?” LOL!

I launched the organization Seasoned Sisters and wrote Fantastic After 40 for the expressed purpose of helping people embrace the truth that “the rest of life can be the best of life.” There are many things to enjoy and look forward to, if you set your mind to it.

For our 25th wedding anniversary, I gave Bill a plaque with this quote:  “Come grow old with me ~ the best is yet to be.” ~  Robert Browning. Bill and I cherish each day and look forward to the next. When we were 30, Bill played a grandpa, old and gray, in a Christmas play, and I thought, “Wow, he is a very handsome grandpa with that grey hair.” And now he is a grandfather to two, and he is just as handsome as he is graying, just as I thought—as I decided he would be. It is a decision to enjoy aging.

Age is an attitude, not a prison sentence. If we embrace our years and own the privilege of feeling comfortable in our skin, then we are a joy to be around. And wisdom has its benefits. I can call everyone “Sweetie” or “Honey” if I forget their name, and no one seems to mind. We  earned those wrinkles and grey hairs with every experience that we hope also gave us wisdom.

The Bible actually gives honor to those of us in life’s second half:

The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. (Proverbs 20:29)

So don’t fight your age; embrace it as a symbol of your growing wisdom. Then make it your goal to gain wisdom:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10)

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