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…and so I stepped up to the coffee table. “We can do this,” I said. “Hang on,” he said, reaching for his phone to snap a pic. We were teetering already, and both realized only a second too late that this was not one of our better ideas, and we were going down. And down we went, just like a tree. I landed flat on my back, and like the next domino in the row, Flyboy landed right on top of me. We were not injured, and we laughed and laughed until we cried and we scolded ourselves for acting like we were younger, stronger, and lighter.
Reality check: we are getting older. And sometimes it’s not so fun. But in the midst of it all, there are some really good times. And some aha moments. And sometimes when you just have to own it. It’s come to me that we can bemoan the loss of our youth (being stuck in our own heads) or we can live each and every moment to the fullest (remembering that this season is just the prelude to our birth into eternal life).
Are you struggling with the thought of getting older? With the realities of aging? I find the best way to fight aging anxiety is to get out of my head by giving to others physically and spiritually, by being a beacon of gospel light. The same might be said of the defeated feeling that can accompany aging – like when you can’t do the things you once could (i.e. a piggy-back selfie). Aging is not just about getting older. It’s about taking every remaining moment to make sure we are living and leaving the legacy of life, love, and faith to those entrusted to our care.
And laughing at ourselves.
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Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
— Psalm 126:2 (NIV)
*Quote by George Bernard Shaw