~~~~ Yes! It is time. Time to not be idle. Time to not let the wonderful things of my Lord go by the wayside. Time to not sleep it away. Time to not wish “later” that I had done this or I had done that when I was able. It is time. Ah! Yes!!
This post is for you my friend, whomever you are, wherever you are and whatever you are locked in to or want more than any thing to do one more time.
I remember many times when I purchased “things” “knowing” I would have family come to visit often, i.e. chairs, extra dishes (to serve a dessert in). It never happened. I would purchase treats to have on hand believe it or not for when they came unexpectedly. It never happened. I would enjoy them by myself.
No fault of any one I don’t believe. It is just another generation of time and it is NOT any thing like what my generation saw and/or experienced. I have a friend whose family comes by seldom and calls even less. They send gift certificates and have to ask if they were received in order to get a thank-you. I was not surprised. I did too. It is a different time and a different generation and as much as we would like to believe that our (my) generation rubbed off some, it wasn’t/isn’t always the things that we would wish would rub off. Generally, it is quite the opposite. So be it! Not complaining. Stating facts!!
Life goes by just once. I have been giving it a lot of thought lately. There are things I want in life yet while I am alive and can fend for myself. I have thought about moving back to the Tempe area where we lived for so long. I have thought about moving back to the Prescott area where Od and I spent a wonderful winter. I loved the snow. I want to be in it one more time but with independence which I did not have, thanks not to the family but to the driveway. Either Tempe or Prescott offers me independence and freedom to go where I want to go because I know where places are and I want to still enjoy them.
I have followed my dream of playing the piano once again. Even did a piano concert. Who ever heard of such a thing happening when you are 84. Hands are bent, crooked, and yet the Lord gave every finger what was needed at that moment in time. The back? It is forever with me with little relief ever in sight. In fact this morning I took an oxycodone before going to play because it was so miserable.
To all my friends out there – I am not complaining I am stating facts. You and I are of another generation and we must not let our days go by wishing for something that we CAN have. We are the ones that can “MAKE IT HAPPEN”.
Another area I want to work on is Muscular Faith. Diligence. Oh how I lack that. It is a tool that works well in our lives and the Lord wants our lives to be strong in Muscular Faith. Otherwise, we become idle, wishy, washy, oh-me-oh-my attitude.
I have friends who always go to visit their parents weekly but it is mostly dull, grippy, not feeling good, doing nothing but sit in front of a TV. Well. That is what life is all about for every generation at a particular season of life. All humans get on the same highway of living at a certain time in their lives. Some may live it at a higher quality than others but they STILL have to get on the same highway of life and life then gets a bit moldy, cracked, chipped, and lonely.
Dear Reader – I am writing tonight because I want to encourage you to do what you dream of. Do what you would like to do before you have no choice except “what you are told”. I have lived here long enough to know I want some freedom. Not from people but from what my eyes see, and what I hear experienced by some. It is best, if you possibly can, to live outside a Senior Adult community as long as your health permits. It will keep you young longer. I believe it was that way for my husband as we were 25 years apart and though he did grow old, he grew old gracefully and slowed down gracefully.
Yes, my friend. There is still time for you and for me. But let’s be sure we make good use and use our good common sense (which may be only “that” to us) in whatever we want most from life when the exit door is out there in the future nearer to us than we once thought. Happy doing. Happy wisely going after life for one more great moment in time.
In His Hands, tightly held.