Today I turn 39!
Wow, even typing out that number feels surreal.
In my head I feel like I’m 25 still.
I know age can be a touchy subject with some people, and often they try to mask their age with body altering procedures,
but this here mama is proud to be 39.
I’ve had many life experiences that comes with age.
Some great and some not so great.
I’ve learned many lesson over the years by trial and error.
I’ve earned every wrinkle, stretch mark and fine line
that has taken up residence on my body.
Wrinkles are proof that we’ve lived our lives well.
Laughing and expressing ourselves create those definitions on our faces.
I’ve birthed 3 babies and my stretch marks map out the journey I’ve had with each of them.
I embrace it.
Not all of us get to make it 39.
I am thankful.
Here are 5 ways we can embrace our age:
1. Live in the present
We live in a culture that obsesses with other people’s lives. Whether that’s on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest etc… We’re too busy catching up on what other people are doing or look like that we forget to live our own lives. I’ve been guilty of that myself. I have to be very mindful of my time on social media. Is this productive or self destructive?
We must ask our selves these questions from time to time.
2. Stop Obsessing
Along with the first point, we must stop worrying about the size of our nose, or the jiggling of our thighs. We all have “flaws” that we’d like to have fixed but obsessing over it is counter productive. It becomes a fixation and ends up ruining our self-image. Looking at magazines that have ultra perfect bodies and airbrushed faces does not help with our mindset.
We need to focus on what really matters;
our positive attributes: friendly smile, kindness, compassion.
3. Focus on the Interior
With all the focus on our exterior selves, we often forget to think about our interior lives. Making time for daily prayer, reflection and examination of conscience.
Are we being the person we want to be?
Are we generous, forgiving, cheerful?
I absolutely have no doubt that when we work on the virtues that have long lasting impact on others, we radiate beauty and goodness.
4. Put Others First
I know this sounds like a weird one, but truly, thinking of others takes the focus off ourselves. It gives us perspective and opens up opportunities to share our gifts. When we do good to others, we feel a gust of endorphins run through our body.
We want more of it.
Maybe it’s letting the person behind you at that grocery store go ahead of you because they only have a few items. Perhaps, it’s letting someone pull in front of you during traffic.
Whatever it is, it points towards others and in turn you gain so much more.
5. Be Grateful
Most importantly, praise God that you made it to the age you’re at.
Many people have their lives cut short and don’t make it to a ripe old age.
Be thankful for your life experiences and the wisdom that came from them.
Always thank the Lord for the graces and blessings He has bestowed on you.
He loves you oh so much!
So…as I celebrate my last year in the 30’s,
I will do so with gusto and gratitude!