September 7th, I started my 71st year on this planet. Since this makes me a “Baby Boomer” I know that I have a great deal of company! We are the largest generation in modern American history which is why so many Boomers are entering or abut to enter their 70’s. Is growing older a thing to dread or avoid? Am I “washed up”, ready for the recycle bin?
No indeed, so far I am loving the 70’s! I can do just about everything I could do in my 40’s and 50’s but perhaps not as often or quite as well! My consciousness has not gotten older but has gained perspective and grown much less critical and a bit more c’est la vie! I am wiser and the fires of rebellion, that marred so much of my life and tainted my judgement, have been banked down.
Inside I still think I am 35 or 40 and that is the key to a long, healthy and happy life. You only get “old” if you begin to think old, act old and mentally enter God’s waiting room.
You are not your body; that is just the “earth suite” that we use for life support. That face in the mirror is not you but only a projection of your consciousness. Say hello to your self as you brush your teeth in the morning! I wave to myself as I shave and tell myself that I look great with all my silver hair, still sparkling blue eyes and that wonderful Armenian nose. You are still you and you will only stop being you if you lose yourself in self- pity and regret at becoming older.
The 70’s are GRAND. Life is so rich! You see beauty all around you because you have become more contemplative and have the time to see the magnificent beauty of God’s Creation. The 70’s can open your heart because you realize that if you get 30 more years on this planet that is a blessing. You had better feel deeply, love unreservedly while you can!
Do great things. write that novel, laugh, make love, cherish your family and have fun because you don’t have an indefinite lease on life. Time is a wasting!
As we move along the highway of life our viewpoints, attitudes, wants and needs change. Each era of life has its own sweet and bitter sweet aspects. If we have the wit we can grow and deepen as a person as we pass each signpost on life’s highway.
At 71 I have seen a lot of life pass by my front door. I have raised a family, sadly divorced once or twice, many of my generation have had several careers and experienced many potholes in the path of life. We have made wise decisions and stupid mistakes; both are learning experiences.
My dear wife and I have also had much joy and much satisfaction in watching our children grow into successful adulthood and begin families of their own.
Maturity is a time of fulfillment for many people; the time for writing that book, taking that long delayed around the world cruise, or just playing golf anytime we wish. It has been said that if you are bored in retirement you were a boring person anyway. In this time of life you become even more of what you really were all along. You deepen or you shrivel. The choice is up to each one of us.
What will you do with the chapters of your life? Will you savor each one like a fine vintage or regret the passing of time and become mired in the “glory days” that seldom were very glorious?
71 is fun! Live in the NOW!
May all of your days be full of the sweet juice of life and may the love of God surround you, warm your heart and protect you.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida
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