INVISIBLE

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For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I was a kid, I thought it would be so cool to be invisible. I could listen in on conversations that I never would’ve been able to.  I could sit with the adults and not be seen or heard.  I could drive a car and freak everyone out.

Now that I’m a senior citizen, being invisible no longer holds great appeal.  I often feel as though I’ve slipped through the cracks.  I can walk through a store, looking for assistance and be ignored completely.  I can be pushing my cart through the aisles, with people whisking past me at the speed of light, never seeing me.  I’ll be in a crowd of people and completely hidden from most people.  It seems when you reach the golden years, you actually  become invisible.

A funny thing about aging is that in our time – in our society – in our place in the world – old people are pretty much invisible.  Young people are  so buried in their own realm, that they don’t always see you.  The successful, look at aging as a burden to society.  The government pays you a stipend – which you have invested over your entire working career – and thinks it’s giving you a bonus for living so long.  Aging isn’t pretty for most folks, but the truth is, everyone is probably going to get old.

So how can we become visible as the aging generation? Do we still possess value to society or are we just a drag on it?  Does anyone appreciate the struggles we’ve gone through in life?  Do they know the disappointments, pain, suffering and fears we’ve pushed through?  Most folks don’t really care about our problems, but there is still One who sees us clearly every minute of every day.  He knows all our needs and provides for them.  He gives us a reason – a purpose – a value – that we don’t deserve, but because He loves us.

Life is geared to the young and up and coming – the entrepreneurs – the famous – the flashy – the stars.  Monty Python phrase “I’m not dead yet!” became a popular phrase after the movie “In Search of the Holy Grail.”  I like to think we have much to offer the world – especially the young – because we’ve lived life.  We know what to expect and how to deal with it.

If I were to die today, I know I’m not invisible to God.  If I live another twenty years, I know that I still have a purpose in life or I wouldn’t still be here.  I consider the elderly, the survivors – the ones who have achieved their stardom.  The stars aren’t visible in the bright sunshine, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still there.

START NOTICING OLD PEOPLE!

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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12 Responses to INVISIBLE

  1. Kathy ~ I can certainly relate! Fortunately, our local grocery chain offers a 5% discount on Tuesday’s. I get to see many other invisible people and we always seem to acknowledge one another in some manner. We recently returned from a cruise. Due to what I hope is a temporary condition, I was confined to a wheelchair. Not only do you get a whole new perspective of those around you, I noticed that people are so engrossed that they have no idea about their surroundings when they are walking on the ship. I was invisible to them until they paid attention. ~ Don

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  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Yes, but I don’t know who I’m looking at. I don’t recognize the reflection.

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  3. Amen!! You tell ’em. Give ’em heck. 🙂

    I’m 53 and I have just loved getting older so far, but I really do see a culture that is rendering our elders invisible and that’s just downright foolish. That’s where all the wisdom and experience lives! There’s something to be said for having been there and done that, that is so precious to us as people,emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. So, honor your parents and respect your elders. God wasn’t kidding about that part! It’s directly related to our own well being as a culture.

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  4. Our culture worships youth. Sigh… but we miss the wisdom and our “history” when we do not spend time with our elders. Beautiful and important post, dear Kathy! Love you! And by the way, YOU are not invisible. There are a good many of us who hang onto your every word of wisdom and poetry! 🙂 ❤ ❤

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