AGING WITH A PLAN – PART IV – OCTOGENARIAN – 80-90

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You are now part of an elite group of survivors.  The ages between 80 and 90 are reserved for those who still have much to give the world or those who have been filled with new parts that won’t give up.  Anyone who lives this long deserves a medal. By most standards, I have a good chance of making it.

All of us are told to live clean and healthy lives – limited alcohol, no smoking, don’t do drugs, staying in shape, don’t overeat or indulge in excess.  Everyone of us has strayed from the rules over time, yet if we manage to stay alive through our 80s, we also have modern science to thank.  Be honest folks.  If you haven’t sown of few wild oats in your life by this time, you aren’t part of the human race.  Even if our lives have been stained by years of abuse, there’s hope for each one of us.

Eventually our stamina gives out.  We may have new hips, restored knees, a replaced heart, but we’re not dead yet. I love that famous line of Monty Python’s.  We may look like we’re ready for the grave, but if we breathe and have a heart beat, we’re still alive.

If you’ve planned for your retirement years, you can maintain your health, eat right, join a health club, continue to be an asset to society.  Oneta Hayes over at Sweet Aroma keeps her mind sharp and fills Word Press with words of encouragement. She continues going strong in her 80s.

Sagging is common to every Octogenarian.  Skin has lost its elasticity.  We bruise easily.  Our bones have become fragile, due to Osteoporosis.  Many have survived life draining diseases. We fill our bodies with supplements, prescription drugs and the object of every cure for whatever ails us.  We are easily scammed.  We aren’t used to technology and still use the written word, even though our handwriting has become undecipherable.  We try to make it through the day without a nap, but like our infant counterparts, we need more sleep. It isn’t unusual to fall asleep in mid-sentence.

On the other hand, if our minds are still sharp, we can overcome great odds  We can still do crossword puzzles or outdo anyone on Wheel of Fortune.  We have a plethora of stories to tell from an abundance of time spent on earth.  If the Holy Spirit has nourished us through the study of the Bible, we can do amazing things.  You also have an eternity to look forward to which will far outshine this one.  You are ready for heaven now more than ever,  but you may have something more to offer this world.

It’s all part of a greater plan, designed by God Himself.  Each of us is part of that master plan and God’s work is being done through us.  No matter what our age, if God is at the center of it, we can’t lose.

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” 

Charles M. Schultz

 

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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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5 Responses to AGING WITH A PLAN – PART IV – OCTOGENARIAN – 80-90

  1. Oh Kathy I love this post! My parents and in-laws are all in their 80’s. they range from 84-89. Their bodies are not what they used to be. My dad in law does not always remember things or who we are…but they are all still such a blessing to us and our family. They are married to the spouses of their youth and are still so interested in the lives of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are great examples of how to do life and to keep our eyes on God.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I love the quote. In bike riding, I was low tech. I found one comfortable gear and left it there.

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