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. 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 almost 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 because we’ve developed the ability to trust others over time. 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.
I have a few years to go to reach this age bracket, but I’ve seen what happens from those who have made it through. There’s something about accomplishing that many years that makes a person worth listening to and watching. They’re either doing everything right, or they still have something to do. The memories stored from the previous eighty or more years may become a little foggy, but with help from an active imagination, the stories can become hilarious reminders of a life well lived.
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles M. Schultz