Occasionally, I must take stock of what being old and blessed means. Below is a Facebook post I did seven years ago today. It causes me to be even more grateful for getting older. If you know my story, you know there were forces against me getting to this point, 71 years old. My diagnosis with multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) twenty-two years ago, as of March 12, has made getting old a whole lot sweeter.
I remember when I was young, I feared the experience of getting old. Now, I take retrospectives and realize how important experiencing journey really is. A journey of miles, times, and years, provide opportunities for growth and development in ways that are invaluable. Once you have decades of life behind you to review, you are greeted with the wonderful reality that old age is great! The older you get, the more panoramic the view of the life you’ve lived becomes. I’m convinced that God blesses us with old age for many reasons, and it’s more than just to say, I’m old.”
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.
Yes! I agree with everything you said here. I used to dread getting old. Oh how I hated it when I turned 30, because I thought that meant I was OLD!
I was talking about this recently with my granddaughter, who will have her 30th birthday in a few days. She told me she is dreading it. I said that I understood, because I really hated that long ago milestone birthday. But now I am eagerly looking forward to turning 70 next year. Getting older is great, I told her. It is a blessing and a privilege to live so many years. The joys experienced and the wisdom gained is a wonderful gift. I would not want to go back to my younger years, I prefer my life right where I am. Even with all the aches and pains, gray hair and wrinkles, I am grateful and blessed to have lived so long.
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The gray hair, the loss of hair in some cases, the aches and pains, all of these and other signs of aging, are badges that we should wear with honor.
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Old and Blessed, you are a treasure. You’ve journeyed well with time. And to reach the rightful age of a young septuagenarian, you are a favoured of time. And through your journey with time, you encountered a cloud of dust, like the ones in those agrestic areas of old days. Nonetheless, after the dust cleared, you were able to proceed, on your journey with time. So, keep the journey alive, because there’s moment in time, you must share… and only you, can share it. Live To Live, Old and Blessed! Your Life has meaning!
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