Recently I celebrated my birthday. I’m getting older and I had all the reasons to handle it with excitement, beauty and celebration. I’m very much aware that aging does not excite some people. Instead it brings fear and anxiety. The fear of aging affects both men and women.
One summer evening, I patiently listened to a 32 years old woman who shared with me her fear of growing older. She narrated how she spends most of the time ruminating on her fear, which has affected her productivity at work.
Recently I received a phone call from a 60-year-old man and listening to the tone of his voice I could tell he was stressed. He opened about his fear of growing older. He viewed himself as less useful to the society. He was starting to lose interest in relationships and hobbies and spent most of his time drinking.
These two encounters provoked my thoughts:
Is growing older a disease? Growing older is not a disease. It is a normal process designed by God for humans. Fighting it will not delay it or eradicate it.
Why do people fear growing old? The experiences we have seen in the older people in our families and surroundings, can influence our view. If they are afraid, negative, and exhibit an attitude of giving up; then it’s most likely we will follow suit.
The 21st century has blinded us from seeing the wisdom, experience and beauty that comes with growing older. Instead it is portrayed as an ugly weakness.
WHAT I HAVE CHOOSEN TO DO
I acknowledge that growing older comes with wisdom and experiences that I have gathered over the years; and I choose to make use of it. I would like to model the beauty, the grace, the confidence, assertiveness and resilience that comes with aging.
I want this stage of my life to be a showcase of God’s glory and promises. With my faith I stand on Psalm 92: 14: “They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing.” My fellow sojourners, fruitfulness is not exclusively for the young people who have tons of energy.
Even at old age men and women who are intimate with God can still be fruitful. They are older people who are a spring of fresh water that sprinkles deep wisdom that can impact our lives.
Research shows that we are scared of becoming helpless and needy, but those who embrace a positive view of growing older stay healthier for a long time.
“We’re not growing old; we’re unfolding, blossoming, and developing our potential” Chuck Gallozzi.
I whole heartedly embrace the beauty that comes with growing older, as I dance around my 50s.
The writer is the CEO/Founder -Pinnacle of Praise Show an outreach wing of Pinnacle of Praise Ministries. She is the Host of Pinnacle of Praise Show(TV) and In the Wings of our Stories(Radio) and the Author of a Woman of Influence: Empowered by God. She is a Minister, a Professional Counselor, a conference & Motivational Speaker and addresses topics on Emotional and Spiritual Health.
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