What is it like to be ninety? Though my Daddy lived to be age 93, in my late fifties now, I honestly have no idea what it is like to be ninety years old…
I enjoyed talking to a friend of mine at a Christmas Open House all about the aging process. My friend, Gerry, who is in her seventies told me that an Orthopedic Surgeon friend of hers told her this: “If you wake up and you’re not in pain, you’re dead.” We had a good laugh over that and I have to admit I have repeated it a time or two for more chuckles. It’s a known fact that things tend to hurt more as we age.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 NLT
As long as I am healthy, I hope to see my ninth decade. Even though I am not yet a Grandmother, that would be pretty cool to not only be a Grandma, but to also have a chance to be a Great-Grandma! Very few of us are blessed with this privilege. It is truly remarkable that George and Barbara Bush reached their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this month. That is a lot of living!
I recently ran across a list of 42 life lessons 90-year-old Regina Brett of Cleveland, Ohio said that life has taught her. While I don’t have the space to list them all, I picked some of my favorite lessons:
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. Youth is the time to study wisdom, old age is the time to practice it.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
- It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
- Over prepare, then go with the flow.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
- Believe in miracles.
- Growing old beats the alternative-dying young.
- Your children get only one childhood.
- If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
- No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed, and show up.
- Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it is still a gift.