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The Birthday Blues
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I recently turned 35. While many of my family and friends were Facebook messaging and texting me condolences, I couldn’t help but wonder why so many people assume every birthday past 30 is worse than the last. 

The truth is that I don’t feel sad or bad or worried or blue when it’s my turn to blow out the candles.

I am blessed to have watched my parents and their friends age with enthusiasm. I’ve seen my grandparents accept new challenges with patience. I have observed a generation of people just retired or about to retire who refuse to prop their feet up. Each of them have inspired me.

I’ve also learned there is something truly wonderful about getting older. I’ve noticed that the older I get the more sure I am of my values and my goals in life. I also notice I have more confidence to simply accept and be who I am and, more importantly, to accept others for who they are. 

The future will always be uncertain. Will I get cancer? Will I lose my hearing or sight? Will I fall and lose mobility? All of these are very real possibilities. But what we CAN be certain of is our ability to choose. We care for our bodies, our souls, and our families. We look for the good in what is to come and to say to ourselves every birthday, “I am alive and well.” 

I Am Not Afraid

I am not afraid of new wrinkles, age spots, spider veins, or new hairs in unusual places because I’m alive and well. 

I am not embarrassed of what younger ones might think of how I dress because I am alive and well.

I am not worried over the possibilities of illnesses because I take care of myself and I can only control so much. And today, I am alive and well.

I am not afraid of the hard changes that are coming because there are so many good changes to come; graduations, weddings, grand babies to hold, retirement and traveling.

I am not afraid of aging because I know my God is holding my hand through each season, sickness, ache or pain.

I am not afraid of death because Christ already died for me. A glorious morning after a slumber in His peace will be so much more joyful than anything we can experience on this earth. 

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