Growing old is something we typically don’t think about. As a child, you have virtually no cares in the world. Then you become a teenager and have nothing but angst. Then you become a young adult and wiz your way through your 20s and 30s, working like mad to become something. Before you know it, you hit mid-life and realize half your life is over.
For someone who has hit mid-life, I can assure you that growing old is not for the faint of heart. Guess what?!?! You’re now experiencing all the things you saw your parents go through! Here’s another revelation for you! That generation is also growing old and won’t be around forever.
A year ago this month, I lost my dad. Now my mom is having trouble. She lives alone for the most part with a caretaker that comes in a couple of hours two days a week. Her niece stops by one afternoon a week, and my brother and his wife see her a couple of times a week. However, she is alone in the evening, and as we all know, that is when the trouble starts.
After a very scary 36+ hours, my mom is finally home from the hospital. It’s a long story, and I don’t want to share the details right now. Yes, growing old is not for the faint of heart. We are all aging, whether we think about it or not. As I sit here and type this on an early Sunday morning, the birds are chirping outside my window. It is as if they have no cares in the world. As for me, I am worried that my mom made it through the night without incident.
#embracethechanges everyone. We only have one life to live, as do the rest of the people in this world. Remember that we all grow old. Spend time with your those important to you. Call those you have not talked to in a while, even if they haven’t contacted you. You never know when they will be gone. The bottom line is that we are all growing old, and they won’t be here one day. You are growing old and won’t be here one day. Make sure you leave a legacy so that those you leave behind will remember you with fondness and love.