“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
FOURRRRRTY THREEEEEE (prounounced with extremely overexaggerated rolling “r’s”)
As much as I keep trying to make it sound fun or fancy, the fleshly (not flesh-Y….although that is a topic for another day *giggle*) side of me can’t help but thinking my age is starting to sound old-ish and that I really like the sound of TWENTY-NINE (make those T’s explosive!) much better.
I mean, if the age you are turning on your birthday is the title of a song by the Dave Matthews Band, you are always guaranteed that it is going to be a good year.
The last time I had one of those was age 41. #41. Love that song. And you know what, it was a pretty good year, if I do say so myself. There is no #43. DMB is taking 2017 off from touring….I fully expect him to write me some birthday songs for ages 45-50 on his days off. 😉 In the mean time, I can’t wait to hang out with Dave on May 18 in North Little Rock.
Back on track.
What is it about aging that we don’t like? Shouldn’t we feel blessed to see another year? Recently, I have been reminded over and over how brief life can be. I’ve watched people I love struggle with losing people that they love and care for those who are struggling with life threatening illnesses – YOUNG people. Young wives and mothers. Beautiful women – full of life and love with a million things they still want to accomplish and be around to experience. These women are fighters and they are my friends. They truly inspire me to be better and appreciate what I have – good health and the opportunity to enjoy my days. Talk about gaining a little perspective.
I read a facebook post by someone recently who was wishing his wife a happy 40th birthday. He said that we should CELEBRATE milestones instead of counting them. That struck me as so profound. I agree with him.
Growing older is a privilege denied to many. The very fact that what I just said sounds cliche’ proves that it is true. So I am going to relish and enjoy this thing called 43 years old when it arrives tomorrow. I’m convinced it is going to be FUN! Cause’ I’m gonna make it so.
“The future is no place to place your better days.” – Dave Matthews