Through the eyes of a young child, someone who is in their 50’s is "REALLY OLD". To them, anyone older than mommy or daddy is OLD. This age of innocence lasts until they get old enough to understand a few things about life. Then, when they are about 10 years old, those in their 60’s are the "REALLY OLD" ones and those in their 50’s are just "REALLY UNCOOL".
To a teenager, about the last thing they want to do on this earth is be caught dead with a grandparent, aunt or uncle in their 50’s. To them, they are not quite "geezers" but they are so "out of it" that they are a real bother to be around. These are the people who send those stupid presents for birthdays and Christmas and who actually still call on birthdays. I honestly believe most teenagers would rather be tied up and burned at the stake than have to talk to a 50 something aunt or uncle on a birthday.
By the time a person graduates from college and gets married and starts having kids of their own (in their 20’s in other words), the "REALLY OLD" people are the Great Grandparents who are like 99 years old. Anyone in their 50’s and 60’s are usually OK to be around, especially if they are grandparents.
When we reach our 50’s, no one is "REALLY OLD", but anyone older than us always looks old. There is no age bracket with more denial and more vain attempts to slow down the aging process than when we are in our 50’s. It is the last time we really care enough to try and get in shape, try new hair styles and dress like we were still in our 30’s. We know what is happening, but we do everything we can to make time stand still.
When we are in our 50’s we find ourselves being gazed at by youngsters who think we were alive when Jesus lived on earth. We find ourselves despised and rejected by teenagers who think we are the most uncool people who have lived on this earth since Adam. We are still yelled at by our parents and our kids pretty much ignore us. Truly it is tough being 55 or so years old.
About the only redeeming factor in all this is that AARP starts sending invitations to us at age 50 and many restaurants start giving discounts or special menus at 55. In other words, those ten years we get to enjoy being 50 something, are a special decade in our lives as we transition from the first half to the second half of our time on earth.
Those of us in 50’s club find we can’t run and jump and play like we used to; but we have found what we lack in physical prowess, we make up for in wisdom and common sense. In due time, especially after we turn 60, younger people actually start seeking our advice on matters for they know we went through what they are facing.
So, for all of you in the 50’s club (or will be soon), be of good cheer and know that there are some good things that help to take the sting away from somehow going from a young 49 to an official "geezer" at age 50. Always remember we are as young (or old) as we want to be. I say, stay young, at least in our minds. Now bring on the FIBER.
As I read B2Y's blog, I wondered what I should take from it on the stages in life. Then a question bugged me - has my Christian growth reached the maturity level for my stage in life?
John in 1 John 2:12-14 wrote to believers of all ages - "his children" who had experienced forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The older men were mature in the faith and had a long-standing relationship with Christ. The young men had struggled with Satan's temptations and had won.The boys and girls had learned about Christ and were just beginning their spiritual journey. Each stage of the life in the Christian pilgrimage builds upon the other. As children learn about Christ, they grow in their ability to win battles with temptations. As young adults move from victory to victory, they grow in their relationship with Christ. Older adults having known Christ for years, have developed the wisdom needed to teach young people and start the cycle all over again.
Are we who are in our 50s and over, contributing to the renewal/building process so although we don't seem cool, we will be respected as their advisors and encouragers in the Lord? We cannot allow the principles of God to be forgotten and we must find a way to communicate His Word to all ages. With experience, we are most capable to teach the younger. We must move against the natural tide that would write us off into the sunset. I recall Psalms 71:18 - Now also when I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength to this generation and thy power to every one that is to come.
Yes, what B2Y has written is true of the natural, but with God, the Master Planner of our spiritual lives, everyone who is a Christian is included and has a part in His great plan, each has a contribution in his stage of life even those over 50's. May the Lord help us to be active in His work until He calls us to our eternal home.
Thanks B2Y for reminding us important issues and herein, of the different stages of life.
B2Y, I Pray that in twenty years this blog is still her to remind me that as I approach fifty I need not fear! And I think I will post a link from this blog to Anna, and Mona so that they don't feel so bad about being there already.
But on a serious note, I have found that those fifty and over have wisdom beyond riches. I pray for such riches.
Speaking as someone who is older than you B2Y I have to say that I really started to notice age when I was in Primary School and 13 year olds (at High School) seemed positively ancient!
You get discounts at 55? Sheesh! The only thing I got was the opportunity to join Grey Power (political clout for the 'older generation') and I would probably have to pay for that.
I have a very dear friend aged 87 and I reckon my eyes popped out like organ stops when she got down on her hands and knees to play with my young pup. I decided I wasn't going to be upset about it... I'll just carry on singing... "One day at a time sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking... "
Okay, I have to confess I really, really am looking forward to joining that club. I am NOT there yet but my hair thinks I am... LOL! I will be 49 in November so I am getting closer and closer.
Perhaps it is because so many of my friends have joined this club and you know I always want to hang out with my friends... :wink:
Of course, some of us are timeless 'cause my young friends here at CB claim I am NOT old...
The package might be old but what is on the inside apparently is NOT and I for one consider that to be a compliment.
LOL B2Y, I have to confess I love being over 50. Young enough to keep up with the youthful and old enough to have a legitimate excuse to sit down and rest when we need to. Clear enough of mind to be able to draw on the wisdom of years and still able to blame it on "semi-senior's moments" when you forget. The nation of Israel were in the desert 40 years before they entered the Promised Land, if a baby was born when they entered the desert, that bay grew up in the care of the Lord with mana from heaven and a pillar of cloud and fire to lead them each day. That baby would be in his/her 40's when they subdued a mighty land, fought giants, and toppled kingdoms. When that baby reach 50 I am sure he/she would still be wearing armor.
B2y, you hit me hard brother, talking about teenagers not wanting to be around folks in their mid-50s. I am 55 and have an 11 year old son! No offense taken brother. He does however, when I share about my younger days, smile, look at me and say, " Back in my day, we had (many different examples)" If the Lord tarries, their time too will come. I started getting the senior discounts at restaurants in my mid-40s, talk about a humbling experience! On a more serious note, the young today need our input and our prayers, when most of them see you really care about them, they show a lot of respect. God Bless, OLD Brother!
Lol. so u guys will laugh when i say that im freaking out coz im 19 next week! which means 20 next year.. and that means im ( deeeep breaths and grabs someones hand for support lol ) no longer a teen! arghhhh! lol.
Now, on a more serious note, people in the over 50s club are soo wise in the ways of the world and have such a wealth of knowledge. Such a blessing to everyone.
Some cool person once said
"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese"
Amen to that and may we never forget to let our inner child shine through.
ROFLOL--I first realized that age and aging are relative to where one is at any age in the mid-1960s. When I enlisted in the Air Force at age 19, my two drill instructors looked old to me. That was in 1958. In 1967, when I was in Vietnam, I ran into one of them and he actually looked like a peer to me. Then in 1975, the other one was assigned to the NCO academy where I taught, and I realized that he too looked younger than I expected him to.
On September 1st, I "turned 70," which is a term I don't understand. It hit me that I'd also crossed an artificial cultural boundary. From age 55 through 69, I'd been a senior citizen. But now, I'm considered elderly. Go figure!!!
There are still times when I look in the bathroom mirror and am amazed that my scalp is balding, my beard is gray and my belly precedes me wherever I go, because the person rattling around inside this body doesn't feel 70. My mind is still as sharpo--just not as fast because its "hard-drive" is pretty well saturated with thoughts and memories. Fortunately, some of it is RAM--random access memory--so it can be modified and reprogrammed. Yes, old dogs can be taught new tricks--we just dont jump as high.
As long as God is sovereign, Jesus is Lord, the Holy Spirit is active in my life and I still have my sense of humor, this "elderly" life promises to be a real hoot, doncha know?
Boy, if being 56 is "old" then being 70 makes one a true elder statesman. I truly am thankful for all those who continue to share their wisdom and wit as they lead the way and tell us what is ahead.
Blessings 2 You