As birthdays come and go, I know that I am getting older. In my mind, I am not getting older but my body reminds me that I am not young anymore. But I keep my mind sharp with incredible conversations, reading, active learning and wonderful company. They say that you are only as old as you feel. Gosh, I hope not, sometimes I feel very old. I think you are only as old as your attitude of gratitude allows you to be. My body sometimes feels old but my mind makes me feel young. I enjoy learning new things and get excited about new facts and subjects. I have been enjoying my time adding great detail and free-hand painting to stencils decorating our kitchen. My new project is in the dining room and I am taking my time to paint the detail portion.
With age can come medical problems, arthritis, mental waning and other issues that can interfere with quality of life. But even then, it doesn’t mean we have to stop living. Grandma Moses, who in her seventies, began her painting career after abandoning her previous career in embroidery because of arthritis. Other artist started their careers or found their success later in life as well, including Bill Trayer and Alfred Wallis.
Some find that their age allows for freedom to pursue their passions or discover their hidden talents. Dr. Ruth Westheimer became an icon of educating frank sexuality in her 50s. Julia Childs collaborated on her first French cookbook months before her 50th birthday. Laura Ingalls Wilder did not publisher first novel in the Little House series until her sixties.
New ventures aren’t unheard of either, Colonel Sanders began his franchise in his sixties. Socrates learned to play musical instruments at age 80. Ronald Reagan became governor of California when he was 61 and later went on to be the President of the United States.
A book I enjoyed reading many years ago, Watership Down by Richard Adams was his first novel and this award winning book was published in his fifties. Harriet Doerr published her award winning book Stones of Ibarra when she was 74.
This is just a few examples of people, who despite their age, went on to live their dreams, create new statements, start new hobbies and careers. Age is not a barrier not by itself. So whether you are 51 like me, 91, or 19, your age is just a number. Your spirit, love, compassion and drive are your tools.
Life can throw so much at us. No matter how grand or humble your beginning, no matter how bright or dark your days before have been, look for the wonderful possibilities that can and do await you. It is easy to look for negatives in the past and worry about misfortune in the future. But be reminded of this, although bad things can and will happen, many wonderful things can and will happen as well. My love goes with you, to all be well, take care and be safe.