I came a across this wonderful quote as I was going through several stacks of “I’ll get to these someday” piles.
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose
all the other ages you’ve been.
~ Madeleine L’Engle
What a great perspective on getting older. I’ve never had a problem with adding more candles to my birthday cakes or entering the “women of a certain age” category. And checking the 60-65 age bracket on surveys causes me to smile with pleasure, knowing that there’s a lot of wisdom contained in that radio button.
And yet I know that not everyone views getting older in this way. Some people shudder when a new decade is reached. Or they may think that a certain age foretells a life in decline. “It’s all downhill from here” becomes their mantra.
I prefer to agree with Madeleine L’Engle: I am a glorious, sparkling amalgamation of my many ages, writ large across my face and body.
I still have the curiosity of my 10-year-old self and I’ve maintained the vibrant energy I honed in my mid-20’s. I continue to spread my wings as I learned to do in my 30’s and I bask in the power and confidence I allowed myself to recognize in my 40’s. My “I can-survive anything” attitude, developed as I entered my 50’s, lives on as does the importance of making an impact in the world. Now in my 60’s, I have graciously embraced the woman of wisdom and await the gifts yet to be found.
Would I ever choose to revert to a younger age? Not for a second! I have hard-won wisdom—a gift more precious than a young, wrinkle-free body.
Your Call to Action:
What gifts are still with you from your previous ages? How have they made a difference in your life? How might you honor them?