When things get old, they rust. This auger ended up at the local metal junkyard. From the way it is covered with rust I’m sure you can understand why someone dumped it off, then probably went out and got a new one. And yet we saw it as something that could be repurposed or reinvented into something useful and exciting. 

Getting old is not a bad thing, it is better than the alternative. Getting old is not for sissies. Getting old means you have seen, done, experienced, and understand a lot of things. You’ve survived the good, the bad and the ugly. Getting old means you safely moved from broke to an accumulator of things, to being the one who downsizes to what you really need to live. You’ve lived different decades, seen the invention of new technology, and learned how to navigate the world. Getting old means you know more than most and have solutions to problems that other people have never even imagined. 

Getting old means you’ve seen your appearance change from one full of a youthful glow to one with wrinkles, weight gain, and grey hair. Your energy levels have dimished, your physical strength and stamina are reduced, and you might sometimes forget things. One of the greatest challenges of growing old is that not everyone in your life survives. The years tear our friends and loved ones away in horrific, tragic, and natural ways. Getting old means that you may have outlived some of the most precious people in your world…and each day must face the hole left behind. Getting old is not for sissies. 

The serendipity of getting old is that you have survived so much that you are no longer worried about what people think. You know yourself, know your strengths and limitations, preferences and pet peeves. You have come of age. You are willing to stand up for what you believe and fight for what is right, even if it is not popular or profitable. You can take care of you and spread wisdom to those willing to ask and listen. You have changed for the better and learned a thing of two along the way. Getting old is not for sissies, it is for victors. Getting old can be a double edged sword, and yet is better than the alternative. 

If your knees creak today or you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person staring back, be thankful. If someone asks you about your experience and you have a chance to share it, be thankful. If you have a roof over your head, something worthwhile to do, somewhere to go and people to be with, be thankful. Getting old is not for sissies, it is for people who make our world better, stronger, faster, smarter. Today I encourage you to be thankful for getting older…