Getting older isn’t for wimps
This year I’m turning fifty-three! There are so many days that I feel better than I did when I was in my thirties. Then there are those other days…
Living with autoimmune disorders I’m sure has a lot to do with the “other days” and I feel like my spoons are disappearing. As my birthday gets closer I feel like I can feel a tiny drop in my energy. (Maybe one or two spoonfuls.) I have felt that way for the last three years. Maybe it’s real and maybe it is psychological because I think about it.
“THE YEARS BETWEEN FIFTY AND SEVENTY ARE THE HARDEST. YOU ARE ALWAYS BEING ASKED TO DO THINGS, AND YET YOU ARE NOT DECREPIT ENOUGH TO TURN THEM DOWN.”
– T.S. ELIOT
I love my gray hair!
One of the best things about being in my fifties is that my hair is not only gray, it is turning pure white! I get that from my dad’s side of the family. My grandpa had pure white hair for as long as I can remember and my dad has it too.
“LET US RESPECT GRAY HAIRS, ESPECIALLY OUR OWN.”
– J. P. SEARS
My love for the Lord has grown!
One of the best things about being a Christ follower and reading the bible is that I learn something new everyday. I have found that if I want to have fresh eyes when facing the giants in my life, I can turn to the bible. I may read verses and stories that I have read before, but today they will have a different meaning, or will recognize something in the passage that I have never noticed before.
Below are five verses that I have found are full of wisdom and hope for us as we grow older. Meditate on these when you are feeling your age and they will remind you how good the Lord is and that he already knows the reality of growing old.
6 Verses for When You are Facing Growing Older
1Let my whole being bless the Lord!
Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
2 Let my whole being bless the Lord
and never forget all his good deeds:
3 how God forgives all your sins,
heals all your sickness,
4 saves your life from the pit,
crowns you with faithful love and compassion,
5 and satisfies you with plenty of good things
so that your youth is made fresh like an eagle’s.
7 We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves.8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God.
12 The righteous will spring up like a palm tree.
They will grow strong like a cedar of Lebanon.
13 Those who have been replanted in the Lord’s house
will spring up in the courtyards of our God.
14 They will bear fruit even when old and gray;
they will remain lush and fresh 15 in order to proclaim:
“The Lord is righteous.
He’s my rock.
There’s nothing unrighteous in him.”
Psalm 90:10, 12, 14
10 We live at best to be seventy years old,
maybe eighty, if we’re strong.
But their duration brings hard work and trouble
because they go by so quickly.
And then we fly off.
12 Teach us to number our days
so we can have a wise heart.
14 Fill us full every morning with your faithful love
so we can rejoice and celebrate our whole life long.
25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we aren’t depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day. 17 Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison. 18 We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.
I love 2 Corinthians 4:16! – So we aren’t depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.
Just like God’s mercies are new every morning our bodies are being renewed every day! Now that is something to celebrate and meditate on as we grow older.
A turning 50 bucket list
Do you have a bucket list of things you want to accomplish after turning 50? Here is a short list of 10 ideas.
- Go on a road trip with friends.
- Dramatically change your hairstyle or look.
- Learn a new language.
- Formally learn a style of dance.
- Have a meal at the best restaurant in your town.
- Conquer one of your biggest fears.
- Learn about your family history.
- Scuba dive.
- Repair something all by yourself.
I don’t have a bucket list, but I have started a new hobby. My music student is becoming a great songwriter and has encouraged me to start writing my own music. My whole life I have made up little shorts songs for whatever was happening around me. I use to answer my mom with a song when she would ask me questions. I do it so often that my husband now does it when we are talking to each other.
So here is my first recorded song: Little Bird
Books to bring inspiration to our fifties
The 50th birthday is one of life’s milestones-it’s a time to reflect on half a century’s worth of experiences and a time to look ahead at all that life still has in store. Turning 50 is a collection of these celebrations. It examines how 50 different people have chosen to mark the day-from renting out Carnegie Hall and giving a concert to taking two weeks alone on an isolated beach to jumping out of an airplane to inviting friends to a sunrise ceremony.
Women ages forty-six to fifty-six–including Meryl Streep, Peggy Fleming, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Linda Fairstein, Diane Keaton, Reba McEntire, Amy Tan, and Sydney Biddle Barrows–share their thoughts and perspectives on turning fifty, celebrating midlife as an opportunity for growth and new experiences and offering advice on work, love, marriage, children, and more.
On Women Turning Fifty honors the new faces of aging with powerful, positive images of fiftysomething women who share stories of mid-life discovery.
Everything you should know and a lot more that will make you laugh and think. A must read for those turning 50, this book will help you make the most of a milestone year. All royalties will be donated to benefit cancer research.
Richard Smith’s wildly popular books have made America laugh about everything from wedding-night jitters to weight loss. Now he turns his comic talent to a subject he’s about to experience himself: climbing the half-century hill.