But one thing is for sure...we are all getting older. Because if you are not getting older, you are dead! So my attitude is, celebrate every birthday!
I have heard it said that 'aging isn't for the faint of heart'. I know it isn't always easy. First you need glasses, then you need a hearing aid, the knees don't like the stairs, never mind watching the diet, due to cholesterol or blood sugar, etc. Those things are hard. But I also believe the other thing they say... "age is all about attitude".
I have met people who are such an example to me. I have met people who are 'young' by the number of candles but are old in life. I have met others who are 'old' by the candles, but young in life. I have a friend here in GDL who is just such an inspiration. She is one of my neighbours, and someone of whom I can honestly say, that when I get old I wanna be just like her!
But what makes one person seemingly ageless and another old? When I asked her about it, she said it all in your attitude. Yeah, she remembers when she could do things that she can't now, but who wants to be cranky. Look for the sunshine, she says.
I am not denying that life is hard, that aging is tough. I feel a little of my age every time I hang out with my sons, and their boundless energy. But I want to be like my neighbour lady. I want to be a joy, I want to be sunshine. I always say I am a realist, so as not to say pessimist, but that doesn't excuse me. I need to see the rainbows of promise in life, and celebrate the life God has given me.
I have the best reason ever, to do that! Jesus lives in me. He loves me unconditionally. His grace knows no end. He forgives me. He came that I might have life, and life abundantly.
Then, as I start to count my blessings...well, they are many.
How about you? What do people see when they see you? Are they drawn to you, like everybody is to my friend. I want to live an ageless life, filled with joy unending. Attitude is a choice. Thanks to my friend for being an example of 70 years of celebrating life.