I celebrated my 80th birthday this past week. Age has never meant much to me and I am truthful when asked my age but I had an AHA moment when I received a birthday card from a friend. IT HAD A HUGE 80 RIGHT ON THE FRONT. When I read that, my immediate reaction was: “I am not that old, I do not feel that old, how can I be that old.” Until I was faced with that fact in black and white, I had been in neutral. See how much power the printed word or numbers have. I was immediately sent back to my beliefs about being 80. When do we make these beliefs in our minds? Usually when we are children and to a child, 80 in soooo old. Then we see our parents and grandparents age and the deep impression of what “old” is implanted in our brains. In our young minds, we will never get “that” old and we don’t worry about it because we are taking our youth for granted.
I have never had a birthday party so I decided I would throw one for myself with my immediate family. I thought about having it catered but then my son reminded me of all the clean-up I would need to do afterwards. I decided to go to my favorite restaurant, Diane’s Villa Nova in Holland, Ma. It is an Italian family run restaurant whose chef is very familiar with cooking Gluten Free meals as he needs to be gluten free also. I need to be GF and I have children, grandchildren and a great grandson who also need to be gluten free. Yet, all the “regular “eaters were captivated with their food also. I used my age as a good reason for us all to get together as it had been 15 years since we had all been together at the same time.
Diane had bought me a beautiful floral arrangement for our table and my granddaughter had brought me orchids. The table was so full with us that we needed to put the flowers aside but they were beautiful. I even got serenaded by my family and a team of young basketball players who were having a party of their own. My kids surprised me by hiring a friend of my granddaughter’s to take pictures of the occasion. That was the best gift they could have given me as we are all going to receive a CD and we can have any or all of them printed out. I don’t have the CD yet but I am eager to see what it will show. I really want a picture of all of us together that I can put up on the wall.
Why do so many of us humans put off getting together with our families except maybe for the holidays? Is it because when we get together, there is still the competition, rivalry and jealousy that we felt as a child? Let me tell you that when you get to my age, there is none of that. What is left is the joy in seeing yourself in the different ages that sit at your table and you remember just what it felt like when you were young and at that stage of life. No matter what drama is playing out, the feelings are still the same as when you were young. No matter what you think about the “times” we are in, so much remains the same.
Bob Dylan returns to the Orpheum Theatre in Minnesota to perform an updated version of “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
Your reality changes as your age changes. Age is when you realize that all in the past was as it was meant to be in order to get the wisdom that you have today. Check out this wisdom: Control Your Reality by Esther (Abraham) Hicks.
Times are a-changing and with that, new developments are being made. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are right at the forefront of most symptoms of aging. My aunt and my mom had dementia and so I have personal experience of that torment but guess what? A cure is on its way and this is just the beginning. Hope is right here and changes are right around the corner.
With the Olympics hoopla going on, there is so much proof that age is not a factor. A mom won a gold medal, how about that for change. I am so proud and full of hope for humanity when I see what the younger ones are doing. Here is proof again of what the younger generation is bringing to the whole planet. Check this out and smile as these young ones bring so much joy and hope.
I just had to send this to you. Notice the expression on the little critter’s face. It took a big, tough cop to bring compassion and laughter to thissituation.
Love and Light