A ‘significant’ birthday!
Not quite time to ‘wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go,’ [Jenny Jones] and we won’t need the fire brigade on standby when we light the cake candles.
Nonetheless, I am definitely at the upper-upper end of middle-aged 🙂
My daughter planned a surprise and let the cat out of the bag age-wise, much to my chagrin. I’d planned to keep it quiet. I am only gratified that nobody said, “Really? She looks so much older.” 🙂 [As it happens, I did investigate whether I could afford botox – I couldn’t.]
I’m not sure what to think although I suspect that my underlying feeling is a bit panicked that everything is going to slowly start slipping away.
Not that it has to be like that – I have older friends who are very actively pursuing all kinds of amazing things, to the full extent of their wisdom and experience. Successfully!
I can do that too. I’m working on getting my coaching biz properly up and running before the end of the year for one thing, because I’m good at it and I believe that we should use and develop our skills and talents to benefit others and to make a difference in the world.
So, vision and ambition hadn’t withered away when I woke up this morning.
I guess part of it is the old cliche that we never feel as old as the number on the cards or the cake. My mum said that she always ‘felt’ 35 and that she was always shocked when she searched through photos and finally recognised herself. The image didn’t match who she ‘saw’ in her mind. I can relate, especially when students take pics of me with their posh cameras that show up every line and wrinkle!
Here’s another cliche – life is short.
So short that we need to totally Carpe Diem! Enjoy every moment. The Quakers tell you to live adventurously and make your life count.
And it’s not too late at any age to learn, explore, have fun, laugh love, give! In fact I want to do way more of them!
Rick Warren said ‘It’s not about you.’ We are called to service – to serve God and everyone we know. No matter whether you’re 18 o r80, there are people who need you – to tell them about Jesus and to offer whatever help you can. I just saw this on face book, “After love, help is the most beautiful verb.”
“God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. [Matt 5:16 MSG, emphasis mine]
It’s never too late to shine!
Coincidentally, while I was typing this, my son came home from work and we were discussing his new job – he’s been there 3 weeks and it seems much longer to me and yet the 2 months since he was made redundant have gone by really fast for him.
Time is elastic isn’t it? It stretches and tightens according to how we see things.
I read recently that today you’re the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’re ever going to be.
I thought that was really cool.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and brush up my sparkle!