Eighteen to Sixty-two in the Blink of an Eye

Yesterday I turned 62 years old, and DD wrote a very nice post about me.  She doesn’t post very often since she went back to work full time, so it’s especially touching to me that she took the time to write it.  Thank you, DD.

In regard to this milestone birthday, I really do wonder, “Where did those years go?”  It’s so hard to imagine it until you get here, but it is a reallllly short trip from 18 to 62!

For all of you who are young and very, very busy with children and careers, I urge you to find some time to sit down and really think and pray about your life and ask yourself, “When I’M turning 62, where do I want to be?  What do I want to have achieved?  Most importantly, what do I want my relationships with my family to be like?”  And then, use your answers as goals to guide all the decisions you make. 

Believe me, this is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” things.  I wasn’t very good at setting a course through life, and it made life for me, and my family, sometimes very bumpy.  I thank God that Hubby, my “rock,” was there to love me and support me, and sometimes “pull my bacon out of the fire.”  I can’t imagine what my life would have been without him.

By the grace of God, my life, and those of my family, have turned out pretty well, but certainly not because of any planning or organization or goal-setting on my part!  And I know the “road” would have been smoother if I HAD taken the time to set goals.

So, my suggestion — have some goals to keep you on course and then just savor the good and diminish the bad as much as you can, and ask for God’s help and guidance in all of it.

And, by the way, all things considered, 62 isn’t so bad.  (Well, at least not as an age, but I try realllly hard to avoid it as a golf score!)

12 Responses to Eighteen to Sixty-two in the Blink of an Eye

  1. tz says:

    Happy birthday!
    My mother in law turned 62 last October and my mom just turned 60 this year and to see the differences, One seems just like in her forties, going strong, working full time, enjoying life (my MIL) and my mom walks more slowly, doesn’t have a plan and even though phsyically looks younger, she acts much older….

    I think your advice is very sound, a lot of us plan out everything else…why not our ‘golden’ years…

    I’d be lukcy to get a 62 at golf…that may be one of my goals…golf lessons…

  2. Chrissy says:

    Happy Birthday, Sandy. Your post is so awesome, goals, dreams and desires need to be set and prayed about.

  3. Awe, come on. Aren’t you going to at least paste the link there? (And if she really is a good friend, she needs to show you how to make links in your posts! 🙂 I’d love to read her post.

  4. Sandra says:

    Thanks, tz and Chrissy for the birthday wishes. Time does go fast — and there’s no predicting what kind of “old person” we’re going to be — we just have to keep praying and keep chugging along!

    HPKT — Sorry, I forget that not everyone knows that Chased by Children (Jenny) is our daughter, i.e, Daughter Divine. Her blog is the first one in my blog roll.

  5. Danielle says:

    Happy Birthday Sandra…I hope you had a wonderful day..

    Remember you are only as old as you feel….(well at least that’s what they tell me at work)….

    Alrighty, gotta pop on over to DD blog, I have missed her posting…..

    xoxo

  6. Sandra says:

    Danielle — That’s what they tell me too! So far, so good. I feel just about 62, so I haven’t lost any ground! :} (Actually, I’m really enjoying life right now, so I can’t complain.)

  7. New Diva says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday and many happy returns! With all the craziness that is my life right now, goals and prayers are very good ideas! Thanks!

  8. Sandra says:

    Thank you New Diva. I did look over at your house a couple times when we were in the neighborhood last weekend, but didn’t see you. See you some other time!

  9. SBW says:

    I am laughing as I read this because it reminds me of a conversation I overheard. I was going to toss this on my blog, but I’ll share it here.

    Woman1: You have a birthday coming up, don’t you?

    Woman2: Yep. It’s a milestone one, too. It’s biggie.

    Woman1: Oh yeah?

    Woman2: I’m turning 38 next week.

    I chuckled to myself. 38?!?! Is that a milestone I don’t know about?

    But the main thing I want to say is: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    And, thanks for the suggestions. I know they are heartfelt and that makes me want to pause and think about them.

  10. Sandra says:

    SBW — I THINK I remember 38, but I’m not sure! 🙂

    I hope this didn’t sound “preachy” but it realllly was a quick trip, and it jut seems like the right thing to do to tell people what life looks like from waayyyyyyyy up here! 🙂

  11. Macromoments says:

    I will soon be 58. I love this age and wouldn’t go back even if I had the choice. With each year comes new insights and I feel so blessed. Learn from mistakes, give thanks for God’s faithfulness, and move on. Life is good.

  12. Sandra says:

    Macromoments — That’s exactly how I feel. Thank you for saying it so perfectly.

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