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 tomorrow. 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 tomorrow.



Filed under Aging, Birthday

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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