I’m 69 years of age. Many of my friends have already turned 70. Perhaps some of you have had a reaction on those birthdays where we change decades; I have. But this, to me, seems like the decade-changing-birthday that will be most noticeable.
Who would have thought that this day would come about and that it would be so full of joy? I know that this has a lot to do with Universal Medicine and the people I’m involved with on the Joy of Ageing Esoterically team. They are so positive and inspiring and they encourage me by their reflection, by their way of living, to be all that I am, can be, and can keep aspiring to be, as I go into my elder years.
Retiring from life, or retiring from work? Many people after a lifetime of work find it hard to adapt and gradually give themselves up to inertia and lack of purpose. Others go in for a life just as busy with alternative activities and volunteering, which keeps them going. Here is an alternative suggestion.
The old lady shuffled her way from her car towards the footpath. But up ahead, there was a step and no pole to lean against to help her up. She looked for a pole for support, slightly concerned, then saw one and turned towards it. We were walking along that footpath a short distance away and saw the old lady’s efforts. My husband stepped forward ‘to the rescue’, striding up and offering her his arm to lean against.
Ageing Joyfully is easy when you are surrounded by friends who are also ageing joyfully. The joy is compounded when you are also surrounded by younger friends of all ages who do not ‘see’ you as ‘old’ and who allow you to age joyfully! I am fortunate to have both sets of friends.
My question to myself this morning was how to maximise a birthday celebration. Today is my 71st Birthday and I am home alone! It is raining gently outside, which I appreciate after the long hot dry summer.
It feels like a fresh new start to this next cycle.
When I was growing up the concept of Ageing Joyfully hadn’t made its way to my parents or their social circles. Life had been hard for their generation. My parents grew up during The Great Depression and consequently were just the right age to be fully engaged in the awful experience of World War 2.
My birthdays just keep getting better and better as each cycle comes and goes! Recently I turned eighty-eight and my birthday celebrations were absolutely awesome. As well as receiving messages from my New Zealand friends, I also received messages from different parts of the world including from a lovely acquaintance in Nova Scotia and I enjoyed two very special outings.
Ten years ago I would never have considered that ageing beautifully was something that I would feel; ageing and beautiful were two words that I would never have put together. I rarely made any self-loving choices and, at the time I was twenty kilos overweight and feeling the effects of a body that was starting to show signs of ageing.
Eighteen months ago I saved a life. It was not an easy task and I had to call on all my skills and knowledge to make it happen. Faced with the serious situation I found that I was calm and very focused and strong. Where all that came from, I’ve no idea except to say that what I have learned about myself has been both humbling and powerful. No, I am not a hero, you see the life I saved is my own.