I became a senior citizen yesterday. Yikes.
I can hardly say it out loud. Seriously. I talked myself in and out of this post a dozen times. I’ve avoided talking about my age here in the blogging community, because well, let’s face it…
Compared to everyone else—I’m old.
I don’t feel old. In fact, most of me feels faaaarrrrr from old.
One reason is that I really believed that I would have my act together by now.
But instead I still have many of my same old insecurities. I still have more questions than answers. And I still don’t have my act together. Not even close.
Oh, there are blessings too. I am more content, less stressed, and less anxious. I enjoy more get tos than have tos. And I think less about tomorrow and focus more on now.
So, the truth is… age is just a number. I’ll still have to remind myself daily to embrace the good and let go of the not so good. But that’s nothing new. It’s been a part of life at every age.
So I’ve gathered some quotes to help me stay focused on the good parts.
“Live your life and forget your age.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.” ~Jules Renard
“The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than for what it leaves behind.” ~William Wordsworth
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” ~Ann Landers
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis
Old age is fifteen years older than I am. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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They’re not gray hairs. They’re wisdom highlights. ~Author Unknown
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo
“Experts in aging make a distinction between passive aging and purposeful aging. Successful, purposeful aging calls for continued involvement, relationships, discipline, and an attitude of faith.” ~George Sweeting
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3:11–12
So, with that in mind I’m giving myself some nevers…
Never lose hope.
Never stop dreaming.
Never stop laughing.
Never stop learning.
Never stop praying.
Never stop believing.
Never stop caring.
Never stop loving.
Never lose your joy.
Life is an adventure at every age; one I want to embrace with enthusiasm. I will wake up with gratitude and praise God for the gift of each new day.
I will trust that if He has blessed me with this moment He has a plan and a purpose for it to be used for His glory. And with His help I will shrug off the lies that say I become less as my hair grays and my skin wrinkles.
Because every gray hair and every wrinkle is a reminder of where we’ve been, the Lord and I. He’s faithfully walked with me in the past and I trust He will join the adventure going forward.
And with His help I will “have a twinkle in my wrinkle,” joy in my heart, and forget my age.