I could have called this “Embrace Maturity,”
but that would have been pussyfooting around the issue.
Not everyone matures as they age,
but aging is not an option.
You do it or you die.
However, I embraced this meme when I saw it:
Aging is a privilege only given to the lucky ones, you know.
So, yes, I will count this year …
but at 81, I sometimes forget if it is 80 or 81
and if I try to get by with the lesser number,
I have an 82 year old husband who is quick to remind me.
Hah! Can’t fool him…
He keeps a check on me – – –
but he’s not big on donuts.
(most of you have met her on this blog in the past –
DeDe – lives in Switzerland)
sent me this a little while back.
She particularly liked it
because one of Bob’s nicknames for me
Most of you also know that I have a sanctuary
where I spend the first hour most every morning…
and in it I have three antique rockers.
Ah, yes, it’s the perfect image of me!
But the chair that brings us
is the one we put in the back of our ATV
and pull out when we stop for a break.
The best way to embrace aging
is to find a hobby that you can enjoy
with someone you love.
For Bob and me, it is joining friends
and going four-wheeling
on these wonderful Rocky Mountain trails. ..
stopping to fish the mountain lakes.
Ah, that’s livin’!!
make your aging process more enjoyable?
One of our mutual hobbies
is teaching Sunday School.
COVID got in the way
of being able to meet each Sunday morning
with these two darlings and one other…
and then these two moved away.
As they age, their mom sends us pictures.
Getting picture from family and friends
is a great way to welcome the new day
and look forward to the next time you can visit.
Aging is easier to embrace if you have dreams –
something to look forward to, right?
We dream of next October –
will be controlled
and it will be safe
to travel to see our daughter,
De, and her husband, Andre’ –
and stay in one of the hotel rooms above the restaurant.
As we age,
some of the benefits
outweigh the struggles
that come with aching joints
and lowered energy levels.
One of them is,
when your grandkids act up
and get on your nerves,
you can just send ’em back to their folks!
Couldn’t do that when you were younger
and they were your own kids!
Gotta look for the perks in this aging process!
Another advantage of aging
is that we have time to reminisce
about the “Good Ole Days”
and the songs we used to sing
that these youngsters with their guitars and drums
don’t seem to understand anymore.
And if those songs
and the memories they bring
aren’t enough to make you feel good
about still being on this earth,
try singing this one:
Another way to “Embrace Aging”
is to relish the extra time
you have to just find a good book,
pour yourself a hot chocolate or a glass of wine,
curl up in front of a warm fire,
and spend some uninterrupted quality time.
When you were younger, that luxury was seldom yours, right?
Now, if you are a youngster (under retirement age)
reading this blog,
you are probably thinking that I am a dreamer.
You’re right. I am!
And each day I dream up all kinds of things
to keep me exuberant about life.
Yesterday it was effervescence.
The day before it was … oh, do I have to go back that far?
A trick to aging gracefully is to remain playful.
Keep your hobbies,
and make up ways to keep the sparkle alive.
Take those boots that were left at the front door
and get creative!
If you can’t get out because you’re snowed in –
and you’re longing for sushi,
but the nearest place is an hour away,
send money to your kids
and tell them to go out for sushi on you.
But make sure they send you a picture…
and drool all over the computer screen
when they send it!
Ask your friends to send you a picture
of the table they decorated for some recent holiday –
and then marvel at their creativity
as you sit down for the 10th night in a row at your kitchen counter…
thanking God for your life,
your food, your kids, and your kitchen counter.
A trick to embracing aging
is to always remain thankful for your blessings…
even if they aren’t at a yacht club!!
by feeding your mind
Hope, Truth and Love
on a daily basis.
Don’t let your mind tell you you’re OLD.
That’s a state of mind for the senile.
It’s not for you!
Tell your mind
that aging just adds to your story…
and you’re not finished telling it yet!
Have fun, my friend.
Make room for sunsets.
Look forward to sunrises.
And believe in miracles…
Because you are one!
Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.
See ya tomorrow.