Gratitude and Aging
So we just finished the Thanksgiving holiday celebration. As it happens, my birthday week falls around Thanksgiving every year. These birthday things keep happening year after year no matter what. They are often a time to reflect, to take stock. I don’t generally enjoy so much thinking, but this year I thought about what I am thankful for about my advancing age.
I love that I finally can stop wishing that I can one day live up to the incredibly unrealistic physical image of 20 year old super models. I love that the things I now value are so much more important. I actually pause to be grateful that I can walk up flights of stairs or enjoy the beauty of the beach or enjoy a fabulous meal with friends or family.
I am grateful to have time to read even if some days it is just the newspaper, or the captions under the pretty photos in my favorite magazines. I am grateful to have some ideas about what I enjoy, and also to still have an abundance of curiosity about what else there might be to discover.
I am grateful that my vision is no longer what it once was. I marvel at the genius of the design that allows me to lose the ability to see clearly the wrinkles that are spreading like fine webs under my eyes.
I am grateful for the realization that painful moments do in fact finally end. When I was younger, it was so much harder to endure things that were difficult when I had no idea that “these things pass.” I am grateful that there are still so many things to look forward to. Getting older is getting better and better! And gratitude is a wonderful thing.