But there is something to be said for being my age - 55, for those of you who aren't keeping track. My 50th birthday was the best birthday of my life - a half century! I saw it as a landmark of accomplishment - after all, who knew I would last this long? Being 50 was rather liberating, actually. I decided that having accomplished a half century on the planet I could comfortably take the position that I am no longer going to take any guff from anyone. I think I have achieved that goal. I blithely throw out every AARP mailing I receive. I insist on good manners from sales people and cashiers. I flatly tell telemarketers and other obnoxious life forms exactly where Ursus americanus has most recently defecated in the forest.
And I continue to age. Now that I am 55, I am officially old enough to be considered eccentric, instead of just crazy. Alas, I am not yet old enough to qualify for senior discounts, at least none I have so far discovered. My husband, being 9 months younger than me, proudly claims to be a trophy husband. I am not convinced a 9 month gap qualifies me as a cougar, but I go along with it.
Being older than my physician was an inevitability. Actually learning to appreciate aging was not, but I am glad I have. I am a better knitter today than I was 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago. I am a better cook, gardener, business person, and human being than I was in younger years. I have learned what is truly important in life, and don't get too bothered by that which is not. I do not feel I have anything to prove to anyone. I am truly comfortable in my own skin.
The point here is this: if you are worried about turning 30, 35, 40, etc. - don't. Getting older is great. And besides - think of the alternative. If you are bemoaning not being younger than you are - don't. Ben Franklin once said that it is a pity youth is wasted on the young. While I wouldn't mind having the body or energy I had 15 years ago, I do not wish to return to those days. I prefer to look forward, because yesterday is irretrievably gone. I like the feisty, opinionated, creative,
So enjoy life and aging. Never miss a chance to tell someone you love that you do. Look forward to tomorrow, but live like it will never come. And knit happy.