Two years ago I wrote about enjoying getting older so today, on my birthday, I’m looking forward to 56 being my new favorite age!It may seem like cheating to use a quote from Mark Twain as this week’s topic for Mom’s Monday Memo, but how can I say it better? I remember years ago how depressed a friend was as she approached her 25th birthday. She was depressed because she was “so old”. It was all I could do not to laugh at her, but she was serious; and in my opinion, more than a little bit crazy.
When I turned 50, a common question I heard was, “So how does it feel to be 50?” Or better yet, “How does it feel to be half a century?” I’m sure many people didn’t take me seriously when I said, “Great!” but that’s exactly how I felt. And during the last four years I’ve wondered why so many people are so concerned or even upset about aging.
I can honestly say that I’ve always felt that my favorite age has been my current age. When I turned 10, that was the best! But then 16 was even better and of course 18 was better yet, but it’s been the same every year since. Whether it was 25 or 32 or 46 or 54 – that was the best age! I’ve never understood why someone (but especially women) claim to be 39 or even 29 forever. Every year brings new challenges, but past experiences make dealing with the present easier. I think Madeline L’Engle said it best,
Getting older is wonderful! Something I hope you’ll embrace. You may as well since it’s inevitable. Another wise man, Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides some great advice about growing old when he said,
Finally, I have to share a few more quotes on aging:
“There is no cure for the common birthday.” – John Glenn
“Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.” -Author Unknown
“If you live to the age of one hundred, you’ve got it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred.” – George Burns
May you enjoy all of your ages!
And don’t forget to eat cake!