DM over at Heart to Heart and I were emailing one day a week or so ago and he and Mrs DM were talking about how old they felt. He asked me how old I felt since we are both the same age. It got me thinking about it.
We both feel the same way on this. We feel the same as we always felt. I don’t really feel “old.” In my mind, I feel “in there,” like I have always felt. My body is another story but basically, I feel good and I feel like the young Joy I’ve always been.
I have never dreaded “big” birthdays nor did I dread my age creeping up. I know there are a lot of people who stress so out about how old they are getting or the dreaded 30, 40, 50th birthdays coming up and it’s years away and I just feel they are wasting so much time by worrying about that. We can’t stop time obviously but why stress out like that? I just never got that. It’s an old saying but one I find very true and I say it all the time: “It’s better than the alternative.”
I also know people who don’t want “titles” such as Grandma or Grandpa. There are so many different pet names for them. We have Nana or grammy or poppa…. “take your pick.” My mom didn’t want to be called Grandma either because she wanted a “special” name so when Jason was really little, he said Grandma and it came out Fana and to this day, that’s what all the kids call her. She has never been called Grandma. But you know what,?? I have been called many, MANY things over the years and many of which I can’t print but the best thing I’ve ever been called is Grandma. My Grandma was the best person ever born and it’s a privilege for me to be called that. I’m also in no way saying that there’s anything wrong with a pet name so please, if your called something else, I don’t mean that. I know some people might prefer something different but Grandma to me, reminds me of my own Grandma who a day never goes by that I don’t think of her many, many times. I feel closer to her being called “her” name. I know it sounds dumb but I’m doing the writing!
I guess, in a way, I feel as I’ve grown and learned things and YES, gotten older, I deserve this time of my life. I’ve lived and worked and raised my kids and now I can sit back and really enjoy Bailey, Trinity and Christopher. The saying “If I knew how much fun it would be to be a grandparent, I would have done it first” is a very true saying. I have so much fun with them.
How old do you feel and do you dread each birthday?