Being a woman “of a certain age,” I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.
Here are a dozen reasons I like being in my 50s, definitely in no particular order:
1. I still have dreams, but I’m cutting myself some slack, knowing I have to tighten my focus – just a little.
2. The same is true of my stacks of unread books, both real and virtual. I have them. I love them. But I am not kicking myself for not spending more time reading.
3. I have three amazing kids – who are now my friends.
4. I love being an “old married lady” of almost 30 years. (Thanks to the wonderful man who has been patient with me for over three decades. Wow!)
5. I’ve learned that just because I “can” doesn’t mean I “should.” I will not get to do everything I’d like, but that’s okay.
6. And the housework thing? Well, I would like to get my house more in order, BUT I don’t stress over it like I did when the kids were young.
7. The reason I don’t lose it so much these days is the result of several factors: physiological, emotional, and spiritual. I like being on an even keel. (I’m sure those around me like it better too.)
8. Being a spender by nature, it’s great to be making better financial decisions – and not feeling deprived.
9. While I want to be as healthy as possible, the number on the scale doesn’t matter to me. That said, I did purchase personal training and a gym membership to keep me accountable. (FYI, having a personal training certification does not equal healthy without effort.)
10. For me, it is no longer about becoming someone I was never meant to be.
11. I realize it doesn’t matter how old I get. Each day is a new opportunity to learn and grow.
12. I know each day is a gift from God, one which I pray I will use wisely to honour Him and bless others.
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
(Psalm 145:1-3 ESV)
How about you? What do you like about being the age you are – young or old?