They say…hindsight is 20/20. And so it is with me.
When I first published my very first post on this blog, I had no idea what these three words would lead to..”Perspective is everything.” This is what I chose to use as the tagline for The View From My Window.
Tagline? What’s a tagline? Simply put, it’s a catchphrase or slogan which clarifies what you want to briefly say or portray to your audience. Basically, the tagline helps others see the bigger picture in a small way.
Yes, perspective is everything.
And this is why…
When I was twenty, I couldn’t wait to be thirty-something. When I was thirty, I was too busy to even realize I was thirty. When I hit forty, I often thought back to when I was twenty. Now that I’m fifty-something, I realize I’m aging and life moves on regardless of the decade.
The amazing paradox of it all, it took aging to actually make me feel young again. This is my perspective on: What fifty-something has taught me so far…
- Faith requires a constant commitment. There’s no in-between.
- I’ve learned to no longer ‘wear my feelings on my sleeve.’ I’m not the center of someone else’s universe.
- I listen to my inner voice more often. My gut instinct is usually right.
- A twenty-something may only see my wrinkles and that’s ok.
- Life is too short for negativity…at any age.
- Everyone has an opinion and it’s ok to agree to disagree.
- Living with an autoimmune disease sucks but I’m still blessed with good health.
- It’s possible to love your grandchildren as much, if not more, than your own children.
- You won’t know if you don’t ask.
- Singing out loud in the car is good for the soul.
- Life has no purpose unless God is in the center of it.
- Letting go of adult children doesn’t really mean ‘ letting go.’
- Learning the meaning of death comes in many ways at any age.
- Old friends become more important and new ones can become family.
- Take nothing and no one for granted.
- My battle scars have become my beauty marks.
- The word ‘trending’ is overused.
- Never eliminate adventure from life. Existing isn’t enough. Find a passion for a purpose.
- It’s hard to tolerate ‘meanness’ but much easier to endure through forgiveness.
- The language of laughter is essential in life.
This is just a list of twenty things I’ve learned in my fifty’s, but there are so many more. There’s no denying it. I’m aging. That’s a given. But the way I see it, there’s always going to be someone older and wiser. There will always be someone with wrinkles deeper than mine. But getting older is merely a state of mind. It’s not about the outward appearance but more about the person we become.
What are your thoughts on aging? Please share.
This fifty-something wants to know. 🙂
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