We all know about the aches and pains that comes with aging. Someone once said that after 50 “if it doesn’t hurt then it doesn’t work”. Pretty true. However, I’m going a bit deeper than the aches and pains.
Another favorite saying of those over 60 is “you reach a stage in life where the only time you have family get together’s is for a wedding or a funeral.” Now that hits closer to home than I care to think about.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great things that come with aging. One of the best things (in my opinion) is first becoming a parent and watching them grow, and then becoming a grandparent. I love my children and grandchildren. There is also retirement, the opportunity to quit working and enjoy the final years.
But I digress. The part of aging that upsets me the most is watching those I love getting older, slowing down, getting diagnosed with something bad and being in pain and maybe dying. I know it’s the natural progression of life, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
My darling wife is seven years older than I am and most of our friends are older than me as well. Now my wife is in excellent health, far better than me; but some of our friends are not as fortunate. That bothers me, it’s hard to watch those you love aging right before your eyes. Aging in itself in some people is a beautiful thing, their maturity and their looks make them even more attractive than when they were young. Unfortunately, for some it is just the opposite.
Now the good news. We are only here for a short time in the grander scheme of life. It’s like blink of the eye compared to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For when we get to heaven, there will be no pain, no sickness, all our ills and deformities will be healed and we will be whole/
I am happy to grow old with all those I love.