Last year about this time I did a series on aging. Since I’m not getting any younger, I thought it might be time to repost for those who haven’t read my advice or have forgotten what I wrote. Actually I do that quite a bit these days, however I refuse to let that get me down. Aging is a process we all go through. It’s a necessary step for getting from step one to step two. By the time you’ve reached the final step, you might be ready for the outcome, or like most folks you find yourself longing for a few more steps.
Statistics point to the fact that we’re living longer lives these days. By the year 2050 the aging population of the world will have doubled, which means more than a billion people will still be hanging on to life. Millenials are already footing the bill for Social Security. It doesn’t look like any of them will be supporting their parents in their old age. The truth is, most people passing the age of sixty are still very vital people, with tons of knowledge and wisdom. We may no longer have the stamina we did at 21. Our thinking process is a little slower and so is our ability to move.
There are lots of ways the elderly can alter their bodies and faces – if they have a fortune to waste. Plastic surgery and cold body sculpting are at an all time high – and it’s not just the elderly who are making that investment. We’re being rebuilt piece by piece with replacement parts. Health care has extended the average life span remarkably. Health clubs offer special deals to keep senior citizens active. There are many community programs to keep the mind and body active.
So in the next few posts, I’m going to be addressing various options for people in my age bracket. These posts are meant to keep us thinking about our final years and how we will use them. We can fall into a trap of complacency. We can give up, because our minds and bodies just don’t respond the way they used to. We can hide in a bubble of our own making – hoping that eternity comes soon. We can dwell on our problems or we can make a positive impact on the world around us with our experience and wisdom.
My journey growing old has given me some new insight on what I used to think about the process. Just like any stage of life, it’s another step closer to heaven. If I had known what aging involved when I was young, I never would’ve been so eager to grow up. Growing old today has so much to offer. We just need to look at the positive side of it and trust that God has a reason for us to still be on this planet. There is work yet to be done and He will stay with us if we trust in Him.