Another birthday?

by | July 12, 2019 12:45 pm

Last Updated: July 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

Well, it’s hard to believe, but I will be a year older July 23. Some say age is just a number, but, wow, mine is reaching the critical point. It is too high for my concern, but I’ll accept it.

Isn’t it ironic, the older we get, the sweeter life becomes? Life really does just begin when we reach 60. We lower our expectations and just accept that mother nature and father time has done all the damage to our ego, pride, and good looks they can. You are not going to regain that handsome face if you are of the male species, and if you are female, you’ll never be that special age of 16 again, will all the perks that go along with “sweet sixteen.” Just accept it and go with the flow, ladies and gentlemen.

But in all honesty, I’m enjoying life more now than I ever have. I don’t sweat the small stuff because time will eventually take care of us all. We should enjoy and accept each moment as it is. Life is too short to worry because none of us know what the future holds. The only time we have or will ever have is “now.” So, let’s make the most of it, whatever our age might be.

My uncle recently came from South Carolina to visit me and my sister. We sat on the front porch, along with his wife and son. He had just turned 85, and I was in a poetic mood, so I piped up and recited a special jingle: “85 and still alive!”

Dear reader, I never thought he would take my little ditty so personal. He looked intently toward me with a look of sheer anger, with fire in his eyes. I don’t think I’ve ever come as close to getting my butt whipped as I did then, so much for a close call.

My mother passed away at 85. She was from a family that was blessed with so-called “good-genes.” None of them had grey hair or wrinkles late in life. She was wise enough to say you either had it or didn’t have it, whatever “it” may have been, she never took credit for it, but gave all credit to “good genes.”

I believe most of us worry about getting older because we don’t know what the next day might bring, making us feel less in control over our lives than we did when we were younger. But, lest we forget, we still do have a fool-proof recipe to combat worrying over getting older. Our faith in God, that He will be with us each passing year.

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