If you came of age in the 60's you recognize the song that's playing. That's what I've been thinking about lately as I stand at my kitchen sink looking out my kitchen window--I will be 64 later this year. I don't know when I started showing my age. It seems to have crept up on me. Ten years ago people thought I was 44, not 54.
I think I'm noticing because of all the photos we've been taking of Olivia--I'm in many of them. Here's one my husband took Sunday of me holding her....
As you see I've cropped myself out of the photo. By the way, can you believe she's not even two months old yet?
About five years ago I started letting my hair grow long. I wanted to be able to wear it in a bun once it turned gray. My hair is the only thing on me that doesn't give my age away. So far I just have streaks of silver. But the rest of me shows it. I've been cutting my hair shorter and shorter over the past few months trying for a more youthful look. So far it hasn't worked.
If you read my last post, you heard about my bear encounter of the close kind a week ago. I've been wondering why the bear was running up my walkway. I've always been curious and looked for meanings behind things, so I decided to check a dream dictionary to see what it would mean if my encounter had been a dream......it felt like one of those dreams you have as you're waking up, when you're not quite lucid yet and you seem to take control of the dream.
So this is what I discovered. Bears are symbolic of the cycle of life. How fitting! Then I looked up other terms like "running" (the bear was coming up the walk in a hurry), "turning" (which the bear did when he saw me), "retracing steps" (the bear headed back the way he came), and "path" (the wooden walkway he followed). Symbolically, the bear represents the last stage of my life. It is approaching fast. The other night I knew something was coming and I was eager to see what it was, so I ran to the door to see. I was expecting to see a deer, but what I saw was a bear (the scary part of growing older). The bear was warned off when I turned on the light and opened the door. It turned and ran back the way it came. That's my attempt to look younger. But, the thing is, the bear is still out there. And as they say about old age, it's better than the alternative.
So my question to you this month is how do you feel about aging? Are you doing anything to help yourself grow gracefully or are you fighting it tooth and nail? (☺that's an inside joke for us oldtimers) If you're just in your 30's, you're excused from this little exercise, because you have no clue....believe me, I had every intention of greeting old age with grace and acceptance, back then.
If you are interested in learning more about the purpose of dreaming check out wikipedia's article on Dreams.
Here is the view out my other window taken earlier today. Everything is green but I'm still waiting for more blossoms....
And to cheer us all up here's another photo of Olivia June looking so fresh from God....