I went to get my eyes checked this week and had to list my age, allergies, and current prescriptions on the patient information page. (Five meds I take daily.) I had to list my allergies to medications. (I had a couple. Namely, penicillin) And I had to do a glaucoma and cataracts test. (Good for now.)
Then I started the actual eye exam. And the 20 something Doctor said to me, "At your age ... needing to go up in the power of the reading level of your no line trifocals is normal."
"At my age ...". Seriously? I am not even 50 yet. How old does the young man think I am?
Was that a slap at my age or just a simple statement by the guy? It could be taken as either but I took it as a little bit of a slap ... even though I laughed with him. I do have very salt and pepper colored hair (although more salt than pepper these days), but I am not even eligible for AARP yet. I do have arthritis and high blood pressure (but I blame sports injuries and my family genetics for those). I am one of the older parents of kids in my son's class but not the oldest. And I guess I do have friends from high school who are posting pictures of their grandkids on Facebook.
But I am NOT old.
Then I started thinking about age. Was it really a slap? My parents are in their mid-70s and are the youngest 70+ people I know. And despite the periodic colds, sinus infections, and aches from arthritis - I am in good health. Yes, I need to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better - all 2012 goals - but overall I am in good health.
Age is something we joke about as a culture. Some folks hide or deny their age. Some folks get plastic surgery to not look their age. Some even try unconventional remedies to stave off aging.
Me ... not so much. I will be 50 this year and I relish it. I am enjoying my Jubilee year. I have pretty grey hair and I earned every single one of them. I have creaks and groans but I am still moving. I have laugh lines by my eyes and I am glad I took the journey that gave them to me.
I have a son who keeps me young (he has also aged me but I like the other fact better). I have friends who keep me laughing and enjoying life. I have a family that loves me and inspires me. I have a vocation that lets me share who I am and my gifts in ways that make me light up constantly.
I have grown in faith over the years, become more confident with who I am, and lived through some tough times that helped me to be who I am now. I have deepened my relationships with my family and know my place in the world. God has blessed me in numerous ways. And I am thankful for it all.
So, aging ... bring it on. My life has only gotten better with age. Just don’t call me old. I’m just gently used … experienced … perfected with time.
Whatever you call it … bring it on.