Last year, at this time, I was very proud of having attained the, respectable, age of 60. I thought about what it meant to be entering the door of another decade…and recalled, how old, my family and friends, who were 60, seemed to me…when I was much younger?
My father-in-law was close to my age, now, when Mary Jane and I were married in 1978. My mother-in-law…was younger than I am now.
I attended the movie theatre, the other day, and the young woman, who sold me my ticket, asked me if I was certain that I was old enough to see an R rated movie? I replied…just barely.
We Baby Boomers…are not babies any longer.
My friends and former colleagues, of many years, Ryan and Elizabeth, bought Jonathon and I lunch this afternoon and it made my day!
The Cheeks are wonderful people and their tireless work for the betterment of SIU…is exemplary.
We travel through this life, so rapidly, that often we do not see the forest for the trees.
I have heard it said that everyday is a gift…and it is true. Everyday that we can make someones burden…a little lighter, is a day that is well spent.
There is a myth that older people and retired people are looking for a front porch and a rocking chair…to wile away the hours, daydreaming and snoozing. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, older and retired folks, are seeking challenges and new mountains to climb.
The secret of life, is not only enjoying the passage of time, but also finding a niche…everyday…whereupon you can fit into, and make a difference.
As I sat with my friends, at lunch today, I could visualize Mary Jane and I…just a few short years ago. The challenges of raising our boys and succeeding financially…while, at the same time, giving them a rich and diverse life that was full of events and sports and travel,…and never enough money to accomplish it all.
Those years…are exciting and exhilarating…and you never have enough sleep…or enough leisure time…and then they are over…and new challenges await.
When I was young, people, historically, guessed me older. I was told that I had an old soul in a young body.
A valuable lesson that I have learned…do not seek the praise of the mighty and the powerful…but the praise of your family and your friends and your loved ones…and those who have no voice.
I think that my body has caught up with my soul.