I have had many milestones in my life and this week I’ve reached another. I turned 65. I clearly remember as a younger woman thinking that sixty-five was old. Even at the age of fifty I still viewed it as a long way off. Now that I’m 65, it seems 75 and beyond if I’m still around, suddenly seems much too close.
My priorities have definitely changed. I’m much more interested in spiritual possessions rather than material ones. I try and hang on to precious moments with loved ones, trying to store each second in my memory, especially with my ninety year old mother. I thank God each new day he gives us together. I’m grateful each day for my husband and each moment with him. He knows me like no other and loves me with the sweetest of love, flaws and all. I am ever mindful of my children, grandchildren and great-grands. Yes, thank you Father, you have blessed me. Thank you that I can recall, kind words, all the times I’ve heard “I love you”, the hugs, even the tears. Special moments with each one, special memories too.
I look back and wonder why too often, we have to have the snowy head to realize what is really important. I write without complaints. I know much of the things I learned to regret have shaped me into the person I am today. I marvel at God’s grace in my life and am often astonished that he didn’t let me depart this life in my sinfulness and rebellion. So…much…grace!!!
I am a shameless sentimentalist. I have boxes of crayon scrawled pictures, boxes of cards sent to me over my lifetime. I have one of the letters I wrote to my grandmother when I was 8. She gave it to my mom and my mom gave it to me. I cherish it because she did. I still take them out, read them, touch them and let them transport me back to special places in my heart. If only, oh, if only I could touch some of those faces one more time, hold those hands, speak those unspoken works.
If I could share one piece of wisdom, it would be to never take loved ones for granted. Never miss the chance to say “I love you”, never miss an opportunity to spend time with your parents or grandparents, because the day will come when you will look back at all the missed opportunities, only to wish you had them back again.
I am thankful to have reached this milestone. I look forward to however many more await me.
I will share one more with you. I have been on a spiritual and physical transformation for the past eighteen months. It has been amazing to say the least. God had opened my eyes to see him in glorious ways.
I have also changed my eating habits and added exercise into my life. As of this morning I have lost 60 pounds. I give all glory and praise to God!!
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7