Getting old

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Getting OlderMy birthday was this week. And you know something? I love getting older. It’s not because I’m still a 20–something and therefore young — I am genuinely excited about what the passing of time means.

In my relatively few years I’ve done a bunch of cool stuff: grown from a baby to a child to an adult, traveled, gotten married, had two kids. I’ve also learned a lot: how to love, be a responsible grown-up, find joy. There have been plenty of hard times and seasons I would rather have not happened but they’re a part of who I am, too. It’s with each passing year that I become more of who I am. I know myself better and have the experiences that define me. I become more comfortable with myself and my strengths and weaknesses. I become the woman I was meant to be.

So I celebrate getting older. I’m excited for what the coming years hold. I have so much of my life to live and I am so excited to live it. There are many things to do, people to meet and lessons to learn. It’s only with time that I grow into myself and discover the life I was created for. 

In Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott  says,

Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life—it has given me me.

She’s 30 years older than me so I can’t wait to see where I’m at when I’m her age! I look forward to getting older (wrinkles, gray hair and all) because time is  the best teacher and I look forward to the education.

How do you feel about getting older? Do you find greater meaning in the years yet to come or in the years that have passed?


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  1. As you already know, I feel excellent about getting older. Sometimes, all I can think about is how many exciting things I will have experienced by the time I’m in my late 30s.

    I’ve certainly had some transformative experiences in my first twenty-seven years (mostly in the last five or so I think), but I think the post-27 experiences will be equally if not more significant to me.

    PS: Nice card. 🙂

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