I think I’m already old and there are so many things about my age I was not prepared for. Like the fact that it hurts to get out of bed in the morning. Or the need for eve-increasing eyeglass prescriptions. Or the fact that I now tip over so easily, kind of like a Weeble.
I’m not sure when this all happened. Just sort of gradually over the years. I know I don’t walk as fast as I used to and I certainly don’t run anymore. I have arthritis in a couple of my fingers and my eyesight is definitely not what it used to be. I forget more things but I am still able to learn new things.
My body has declined as I have aged. That is a fact. But I am still mobile and am still able to do my hand sewing. Those are big gifts I have been given.
I am definitely a lot smarter and wiser than I’ve ever been. Over the many years of experience, I have gained knowledge that is indispensable to me now. It was earned, it was paid for, it is mine.
As I age, I gain wisdom and grace to deal with life in all its forms – the good and the difficult. Decisions become easier because I’ve tried many options in the past. I’m now the one that passes that learning to the younger ones in the family.
So it seems to be a real balancing act. As part of me is losing strength, another part is gaining. I remember past days when I could do something that I no longer can do, but I also look forward to tomorrow when I will be better than I am today.
Which means every day is my best day.