The world around us celebrates all things young, shiny and new. I am blessed to comprehend that there are distinct benefits and blessings associated with growing older– a blessing many aren’t afforded. Some of us long for days gone by. I, for one, would not trade today for the sweetest yesterday. Each day that has passed has brought me to this day, and I am grateful to have travelled where the road of life has taken me. As I contemplate the day ahead, I am especially grateful for these gifts:
- I get to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want. My time is my own to use as I wish. What joy to sleep late or go to bed late–to spend hours working at something I love or spending time with someone I love without worrying about an ever present ticking clock. That said, don’t waste a moment!
- Grandchildren.I’m with the guy who remarked that, if he knew grands were this wonderful he’d have had them earlier! If you don’t have your own, borrow some. Little ones help us re-discover the joy of the new while allowing us to share with them perspective and wisdom that come with aging. The world needs more of this.
- Senior discounts.Free coffee at McDonalds and so much more. There are loads of lists on-line that will point you to deals reserved for the more mature crowd. I love a bargain and you should, too! Never pay top dollar if you can avoid it. Using our resources wisely is still smart.
- Retirement. Don’t even get me started. THE BEST. If you aren’t there yet, prepare well. Relationships are deeper, marriage is better and faith is stronger. Years of commitment and sacrifice will pay off. Trust me on this. Press on!
- Hours in my garden. My little section of this rainbow has never been prettier. Time stops there, whether I’m pulling weeds, watering or planting. I put on my headset, listen to an audio book or just enjoy the sounds of bees buzzing and birds chirping. So many hidden treasures.
- Knowing enough is enough. Not needing more, but realizing you have more than you need. Looking forward to weeding out what is unnecessary and being content with what’s left. Abundance.
- No hurry, no worry. Whether on the road, waiting in line or completing a task, I am now willing and able to say, “you go ahead, I’m in no hurry.” To fall back in traffic and let others zoom past me in their quest to get somewhere quickly is a gift I gladly embrace. The rat race may go on, but, I’m no longer in the running.
- Meals that take more than 20 minutes to prepare. This is a sweet luxury to one who worked very long days for many years. To be able to find a new recipe, leisurely prepare it and present it as a gift to my family is pure joy.
- The company of good women. I’ve always had more friends than I deserve, but to be able to actually spend significant chunks of time in their presence is like a tall glass of cold lemonade in the desert.
- The end of coloring my hair. Before I turned 60 and at the urging of my husband, I cut my hair within an inch of my scalp and went completely gray. I’ve never looked back. With the help of a gifted beautician and a great cut, I’ve never been happier with my hair. (Thank you Julie@TanglesManhattanBeach!)
So, that’s what’s on my mind this morning.
No doubt, this list will expand in the days to come, but, for today, allow me to encourage you to resist reminiscing too much about “the good old days.” Instead, fully enjoy this moment in time. It’s a gift. Don’t miss this beautiful day because you’re straining to look back. Instead, open your eyes wide to the present. It will be past, tomorrow.
Look up and BLOOM.