Monday, November 25, 2013

Thoughts on turning 64...

 

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Today is my sixty-fourth birthday.  It’s a raw, blistery day in Heavensville, we’re busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, but I’m going to be serious for a change and talk about things I’ve learned, some are repeated, because I’m old now, it’s what I do, I repeat ;-)  But I am smarter, the older I  get, I’ve  lived life, and learned a lot.  I think as I’ve aged I see things as they are, not the way I wish they were, but warts and all, the good and the bad, I accept life for what it is.  I don’t ever look at life thru rose colored glasses at this age, that ship sailed long ago.

So here goes, a little insight on this my birthday afternoon.

Listen to your gut, it will never steer you wrong.

It’s okay if you go to bed a little hungry, it makes you appreciate what you have in your life and how lucky you are.

Everything in moderation, truer words were never spoken, hard to adhere to, especially for me who goes overboard, but it’s sage advice.

Surround yourself with positive people, friends who love life and laugh and have the same values as yourself.

Don’t expect anything from people and you won’t be disappointed.  

Don’t try to do it all and don’t beat yourself up if you choose to do nothing.  Do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do.

Grandchildren are truly a gift from God, they change every single day. Write down what they say, take pictures of them, love them dearly, tell them they are the most special little people in your life, and be in touch as often as you can.

Realize that you only have the power to change yourself, you can’t change anyone else, you just learn to accept.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side.  Take what you have in life and work with it, today’s society is too disposable.

You can’t bullshit an old bullshitter.  You may think you can or you are, but you can’t and you’re not.  Old women are pretty smart cookies, sometimes we’re just silent.  

Go outside and be in tune with nature every single day.  Regardless of the weather, nature is a powerful, wonderful thing.  Embrace it and you will be rewarded with peace.

For the most part, people often don’t really want your opinion, they just want you to agree with what they are telling you.

Embrace your wrinkles, scars and age spots.  Your battle scars are part of the aging process, be proud that you’ve lived long enough to have them.

Accept what you can’t change in life and try to do it with grace.

Don’t complain, people don’t want to hear it.

If you love someone tell them, you may never get another chance.

Treat yourself to some new jammes and yummy smelling lotion, then take a hot bath put on those jammies, slather on that lotion and curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea.  It’s the little things in life that give us such pleasure.

Take time for yourself, learn to say no.  It may inconvenience others, but you are the gatekeeper to your soul, nourish it.

Oh my, I could go on and on, after all I am sixty-four years old now.  But I won’t, I’ll just sign off with one of my favorite sayings from one funny, feisty lady, Cousin Minnie Pearl.

Instead of complaining about getting old, just say what Minnie always said - I’m just so PROUD to be here!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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