Tuesday, May 14, 2013
With the events of this past weekend, another grandchild graduating from college, I began to think...now grant you, I do think alot, but I mean really think. And I have to admit I do my best thinking in the bathroom. I have a feeling I am not the only one that would admit to that. Whether it's taking a shower, putting on my make-up, drying my hair, or sitting on the john, this seems to be the place for deep thoughts. And what I have been pondering lately is what are the advantages of growing old. We talk about the golden years, that term had to come from somewhere, so I began to think about "the golden" in my life. Grant you, everything in my life is not a bed of roses, but when I weigh the golden, it tips the scales.
I don't worry so much anymore. I have seen how God has taken care of me through some really rough years in my life and my trust in him has grown so much stronger. He has worked his ways through the friends I cherish and the family I love. Let Go and Let God is a favorite saying of mine. It works.
I am doing activities that I love to do. I am traveling more and spending a lot of time with my camera. If I don't feel like making my bed or washing the dishes for a day, I don't sweat it. There are days I don't even bother getting dressed. Living alone definitely has it's advantages and my "alone" time is golden.
I continue to indulge myself with a cleaning lady. Eventho I am perfectly capable of cleaning the house, I don't want to, I don't like to.
I continue to expand my friendships. I have a friend who once said she didn't need anymore friends, she had enough. Never could figure that out, altho we are still friends.
I think I appreciate the little things in life much more now than when I was younger. I was so busy focusing on the big things, home, family,and job that I didn't appreciate the small, everyday joys of life. A cup of coffee and the newspaper starts my day off perfectly. If the sun is shining, that's a bonus.
Retirement...absolutely golden. No more early morning trips to the train station to travel to your job, coming home in the dark and starting it all over again the next day. I don't care how much you love your job, this part is a drag. And fyi, I didn't love my job, I liked it, but I sure didn't love it.
Oh, I cannot forget the "senior citizens discount"....love that whenever I find it, another golden advantage.
As I grow older I am focusing on the "golden" moments, maybe later there will be a post about the not so golden moments of growing older.
And this little one gives me incredible golden moments and love.....
How about you? Do you focus on the "golden moments" of your life....even if you are not in your golden years? I highly encourage it.
"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you have been." ~ Madeleine L'Engle
Until next time.....