Ageless!

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Age. Aging. Ageless.

I rarely think about my age but the body has a way of reminding me whenever I throw my back out or my knee pops. And yes, in the mirror I sometimes notice an extra line here, another wrinkle there, and as I gaze upon certain areas of my physique I find myself wondering, where did “it” go and when did “that” change?

From time to time I muse about my early years in having to grow up so fast, and then in my teens and young adulthood in raising four children. Next thing I knew my twenties were gone, and my marriage was deteriorating. Divorced in my thirties (I felt like a failure but ya know, the world did not end), and remarried by my mid-thirties (thank God for new beginnings). I can shout from the rooftop that no marriage is so good that it can’t be made better! (You see, I’ve been married most of my life.) Then when I approached my early forties, the seasons changed again for me, this time, embracing the wonders of grand-parenting.

So, in my fifties, as I reflect on this aging process—knowing I certainly don’t have all the answers—I’ve learned a thing or two about what life has dealt me.

I read in Psalms 90:12: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”  This passage speaks to me and tells me to make each day count. I must remember to live in the present, not in the yesterdays or in the tomorrows. I must laugh often, love deeply, pray sincerely, and believe that my best days are before me.

As my birthday quickly approaches around the corner (like tomorrow the 27th), I can’t help but think: have I done all I ever wanted to do? Of course, the answer is a resounding: Not even close. Am I running out of time? I believe life is a gift from God and I’ll take each day and cherish the moment. He is the reason for every good thing, every heartbeat, and every second chance.

Age … aging … ageless …?

I’ll take ageless!

I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds my tomorrows.

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19 responses to “Ageless!

  1. you’ve been blessed and your light truly shines

  2. Well put Mary! I’m with you! And Happy Belated! 🙂

  3. Boy! This one hit home!! I don’t know about tomorrow , I just live from day to day, I won’t borrow from the sunshine for the skies may turn to gray! So glad I’m not alone in these feelings!! bless you! Debbie

  4. Happy birthday! I like how you look at the past without regrets and face the future with confidence. Today is your present, enjoy indeed. 🙂

  5. Lovely post. Having just turned 70, I can fully appreciate the sentiments.

  6. As a teenager and young adult, I saw aging as something for later, and definitely not for me. Now, like you, I am in my fifties, and prefer to think of my aches and pains as trophies from life’s battles that I have fought, won, and even lost. I look back at my youth (especially the teenage years), fondly, but I also think-never again! Job12:12 reminds us that: Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. I look forward hopefully to more wisdom and many more years, and I know you do too!

  7. Good! And, I do agree with the last line😃

  8. I liked every age I’ve ever been.

  9. Hildegard | Chez Hildegard

    Dear Mary, You’ve written a wise and lovely reflection on life! I see you’ve already received the best birthday present you could ever want. May God continue to bless you in each of your days. Happy Birthday tomorrow!

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