We do ourselves and others a disservice when we make old age something to be feared. Life is not a resource to be used up, so that the older we get, the less life we have left. Life is the accumulation of wisdom, love and experience of people encountered and obstacles overcome. The longer we live, the more life we possess.
Today is my 45th birthday! I hope there's nothing wrong with telling our age, although when I was a younger woman I once heard a lady whom I admired very much say it was inelegant for a lady to tell her age. So I guess I'm inelegant. But I am so happy to have another birthday each year that I just can't help it! LOL
Although I don't think I've quite hit old age yet, I really liked the above quote when I saw it last week. In our North American culture, we worship youth and postpone old age as long as we can. I'm not really excited about my body reshaping itself, as it's done the past couple of years, nor do I thrill to the gray strands I keep finding in my hair (or on my chin!), but I'm learning that life just gets richer and fuller every year. My husband and I love each other more and more; our children are becoming adults, and watching them begin their lives is one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Our extended family constantly grows as our siblings marry and have children - we still have several siblings not even married yet! Our circle of friends is huge, thanks to all the places we've lived over the years and now the online world of blogging and Facebook. So how can I dread growing older when so many exciting things are happening in my world?
Today I'm celebrating one more year. I'm excited about this next year of my life, excited to see what it holds for us. Excited for the next ten years, twenty years . . . as many as the Lord will give me. He's been so good . . . so good! So yes, this is a happy birthday!