Friday, July 11, 2014

Aging and Wisdom

This month I turn 60. It is a funny age to be. Even ten years ago it seemed to me that 60 was really old. However, here it is and I don't feel a lot different. Okay, maybe a little slower or a little more tired, but my mind isn't much different. In fact, in my mind I'm closer to 28 years old. I have no idea why that age is stuck in my mind but it is.

Everyone has heard that with age comes wisdom. I would modify that to say, for me, with age comes acceptance. Perhaps that is a kind of wisdom.  Here is my top five list of acceptances:

I accept that:
  1. I have significantly less control over what happens in the world than I thought I did at sixteen. In fact, I think control is not as cool as everyone makes it out to be.
  2. My weight will never again be 120 lbs and to stop setting that as a reasonable goal.
  3. I have run out of time to be a great dancer, actress, and/or musician/songwriter. These were all dreams of mine, as well as being a writer. Some time ago (probably around that magical age of 28) I decided that my pursuit of those things in my youth had to remain as youthful memories. In the end, I only had the energy and passion to pursue one consistently--writing.
  4. Life is all about embracing change. Things in my life have changed multiple times--homes, careers, love, combinations of friends and relatives.  It is hard to let go, but the changes always brought great blessings.
  5. I can always learn something new. Life is learning and I will continue to learn until I die, and maybe even after--who knows?

In celebration of my 60th birthday, I'm giving away a free fiction ebook of your choice. How do you get one? Look at the descriptions linked below, then fill out the form and click the SUBMIT button.  Your book in the right format will be sent within 24 hours. Please only one book per individual.

Healing Notes
Chameleon: The Awakening
Chameleon: The Choosing


Judith Ashley said...

Great post! And Happy Birthday!!! Sixty is a great age but then I think all ages are. If you followed my tradition, you'd celebrate your special day for 60 days! Lot to be said for consciously doing something special for yourself every day.

I'm very glad you stuck with writing although I'm sure you'd have been successful wherever you focused your energy.


Collette Cameron said...

Happy birthday, Maggie!

I don't feel any older than I did when I was 7 years old. The older I get, the younger that age seems!

Great post!

Maggie Lynch said...

Thank you Judith and Collette. I must admit I still want to do it all, but I do have to be realistic with my time (at least most of the time).

Wow, Collette feeling the same as you did at age seven is amazing. I must admit that I have no idea how I felt at age seven. My memory begins somewhere around age ten and it is spotty at best.

Jessa Slade said...

Happy birthday month! Let's go dancing :) I'm glad you're sharing your wisdom and your words with the world. That's even better than cake :)

Maggie Lynch said...

Happy Birthday month back at you, Jessa! I guess we are both moon children? Or are you in the latter part with Lions?

Diana McCollum said...

Enjoyed your blog post! I hope i always learn something new each and every day! 60 is a great age! I passed it a while back. :))