One month from today I will be turning the big 60. They always talk about the big days; it is sort of like the big 20 day or the big 30 day or even 40 then 50. All of them brought new and different meaning. I am looking forward to the ‘later’ years of life.
I know things are different because I relax more and realize the little stuff just doesn’t matter anymore. What used to bug me now doesn’t even faze me. The more important things such as relationships and feelings are what are most important. I value people and what they mean to me.
Oh and let’s talk about the grand children.
The first time I held our new granddaughter I was instantly in love. She was a preemie and weighed two pounds. It was a miracle and a blessing to hold her and see her and touch her soft skin. Praying over her was an honor – a moment in time I will never forget. The following years have brought five more grandchildren and they are all special and unique (we even have a set of twins).
Oh and let’s not forget the part of aging that is not so fun.
The gray hair that comes from ‘somewhere’ and the eyebrows that won’t stay in place. The old spots on my hands that look like my grandma’s and the dry skin too. Oh and the small wrinkles, painful feet and the hands that don’t open a jar anymore. Some days are more tiring than others depending on the night before and how much sleep was accomplished.
Then there are the forgetful moments – the times when someone in the store comes up to talk to you and you go along with the conversation and after they walk away you wonder, “Who in the world was that?”
The good part of growing older is the experiences I am able to share. The knowing that I am slowing down but I don’t have to stop. The bones creak and the brain forgets but life is good and sweet and tender. The memories are treasured and so is the humor. The sorrow is deeper as we lose parents and friends and an animal or two.
The richness of life is lived every day because none of us really know how long we are promised to be here.
One month from now I will turn 60 and in that moment I will smile and say, “Thank you” to all those who have walked with me made this journey wonderful.