The best things about getting older is knowing I accomplished many things in my life such as founding the Ottawa Mommy Club website to support mothers and their families in the Ottawa region. Also, receiving the City of Ottawa City Builder Award in 2011 for demonstrating outstanding volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place was quite an accomplishment. Notwithstanding, that I have two great children that are now adults, and a fantastic marriage.
This is one of my favourite quotes: “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” Walt Disney
It’s been great watching myself reach goals and desires I wanted in my younger years. I can turn over at night and sleep with a satisfied mind knowing I achieved what I set out to accomplish. Surprisingly, I can now rift off into a land of done that, tried this, and “no” I don’t want to be forced to do anything I don’t want to do anymore. Now, I don’t have to worry about a house payment and worrying about where the money will come to pay the rent or to buy food. I had goals and I had every intention of achieving them, and yes, it wasn’t all that easy, it took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. To wake up and find many years have passed and I was not even aware of my age or about growing old.
Maturity and Experience
Growing old brings about maturity and experience in many avenues. When we are “young” and “green” we learn from our mistakes and from taking the wrong turn many times in our lives. This causes us to learn from our mistakes and to keep us on our goals path. We enjoy reaching our goals in many areas as we mature in our lives. Many times we don’t take the time to “spot” the wrinkles and the “gray” hairs because we are interested in making life as good as possible.
It’s strange when we are young, we “think” we’ll always be young until one day we look in the mirror and ask who is that looking back at me? When we get up and our body aches, we finally realize “age” is becoming a factor in our lives. This caused me to set back, and realize hey, it was a good journey getting older, I deserve the wrinkles and the gray hair, because I earned them and I’ll not be ashamed of them either.
I found in my life that we are given, by our Creator, many talents that we are not aware we have. It is most exciting when we find we can sing, write, do arts and crafts, make jewelery, be a good cook, etc., and find the enjoyment in performing these talents. Many people never push to find out what their talents really are and they miss out on so many wonderful things they can enjoy until the wake up one day and find an older body.
I’d say some of the best things about getting older is realizing what you can do and what you can accomplish getting to a ripe old age. When I retire from my job in a few years, I will be able to travel without worrying about getting back to work and sleep in as long as I want to (missing out on all those rainy and snowy days and fighting to get to work on time). I can allow the sunshine to come into my window to kiss my eyes open and take time to enjoy the scenery.
The exhilarating part, I don’t have to worry about taking children to babysitters anymore, or breaking down on the highway with the kids in the car on a scorching rainy day like it happened 10 years ago. I can enjoy my friends or stay up all night if I want to. At anytime, I can go any place I want because I have “no” time constraints. I can take the time to enjoy my family and my future grandchildren without punching a time clock.
Growing older doesn’t mean losing young or slowing down, it means living each moment to the fullest and enjoying every activity to the hilt. We should never consider ourselves as old because most of us have been blessed to have the same minds we had of yesteryear, but a more matured one. Of course, we might look older, but we are “still” the same person in an “older” body. We should never be ashamed of our age and be proud we maintain the abilities that we have.
To a beautiful, long, and prosperous life! Cheers!