I have always felt that age is truly just a number. I’ve never really cared about my age. It is what it is! It’s something I cannot change, so I have always embraced it. I recently celebrated my 52nd birthday. When I think about those 52 years, I am so grateful for the experiences I’ve had. Yes, I could focus on that wrinkle here and there or those changes in my body’s shape. I could think about how I’m no longer young and able to do some things that I used to, like turn cartwheels or ride roller coasters. I could focus on how my body parts just don’t work the same way they used to 30 years ago. But nope - I am not going to do that!
The lens we use to look at life is one that sometimes requires refocusing and adjusting. Instead of looking at age negatively, I’ve chosen to focus on how my body has allowed me to travel the world and experience many beautiful places and people. My mind has allowed me to pursue a great career and multiple degrees. It has given me the capacity to learn and for that I am forever grateful. My heart has allowed me to love and embrace so many people in life. My eyes have allowed me to watch my children grow and experience awe at their accomplishments. My hands and lap have provided a comforting space for my children and pets. My voice has allowed me to express love, fear, and many other emotions accompanying everyday life. The passing of time has provided 34 years of loving my husband and creating memories galore of raising our family. As the years have gone on, the trials, tribulations, and lessons of married life have helped us grow together. So 52 years of that sounds pretty amazing to me. I will take 52 more!
What I have learned: The lens in which you view your age makes a difference in how you feel about yourself. I encourage you to consider whether your lens needs to be adjusted.
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.