Our mom hit the big 7-0 this week. 70! That's crazy. In the words of SIS Barb, "Are you effin kidding me?" I remember when I was 10 and she was 35 and I thought she was so old. So what is she now? She's like...ancient!
Well, not exactly. She still works and keeps up with numerous grandchildren. She's not ancient at all. It's just a number really and besides, 70 isn't quite as old as it used to be.
I don't really think about age all that much. Most of the time, I don't even know how old I am. I have to consciously think about it and then I still can't believe it. It's amazing how quickly the time goes. In my mind, I'm thirty-something and my mom is in her 50's. Now if I could just convince my body of that.
My mom turning 70 has forced me to look back on my life (and hers) and think about what I have achieved. I look at my successes and my failures and what I've learned from them. Some things I still can't figure out, but I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere. The past is exactly that...the past. I can't do anything to change it, I can only draw from my experiences and apply them to life today and in the future.
I have high hopes and big dreams for my future. But all the hoping and dreaming in the world won't make them reality. I need to dig in deep and push hard and earn the things in life that I want. I hope that when I reach the big 7-0, I will look back at my life and think "Wow! What a fantastic ride!" I never want to look at my age and think, "God, I'm old".
I also don't want my life to be a big blur. I never want to wonder where all the time went. I want to always look back on my life and know that I lived it to the fullest. I think it's easy to fall victim to our humdrum routine lives. You know, get the kids off to school, go to work, come home and cook dinner, do the laundry, walk the dogs, and so on and so on. But somewhere in all the chaos, we need to take the time to do something that really counts. Maybe it won't mean anything to anyone else, but something that gives us that feeling of "Hey, I did it!".
So, here's to making each and every day count. Here's to experiencing life and not just watching it pass me by! I am flying to Indiana on Friday and I'll be driving my mom back to Florida with me. While she's here, I hope to help her experience new things, like maybe catching a shark, or better yet...parasailing! Ha! Not a chance!
How does your age affect you? Do you look back on your life and think "I wish...."?