More thoughts on being age 60

Senelity prayerI turned 60 this week.  I won’t say it has been without a few moments of depression, but I have (overall) remained pretty upbeat about it all.  If you read last Monday’s blog (9/8/14) you will know that I find myself in some pretty good company hitting this milestone this year.

Here are some more random thoughts on turning 60…..

You’re not as young as you look. You’re as young as you feel.

I have known some really bitter and grumpy “old” people.  Old in attitude and outlook.  Age-wise they are might only be in their 40’s, but after spending just a few minutes with them you begin to wonder if they have already decided life is not worth it.

Looking for upbeat and positive things around you is scriptural — Paul tells his readers in several of his letters to the churches to look toward what is praiseworthy and noble.  What good thing can you find around you today?

‘Staying connected’ doesn’t mean being glued to the TV or that Smartphone.

It isn’t a good idea to spend all your time in the recliner or at the computer desk.  Socialize.  Spend time with people.  Maybe organize a coffee time with friends.  Just get out and do something.

I meet with some ministry  friends on a regular basis.  I especially enjoy the time with two younger ministers who have a different, younger view of life.

Change happens, so choose your change.

A few things are certain — death, taxes and, I would add, change. No matter what, your life is going to change. I know we all want to control our lives, but staying in the same house, shutting yourself off from company, and griping about the new neighbors with the loud kids, is not healthy.

Go forward and embrace the change that you see in front of you — plan what you want your retirement to look like. Travel, explore new interests, move to a retirement community sooner rather than too late, and make new friends.

If a move is not your cup of tea — try a new ministry at church or start a new ministry you have always wanted to see.

Look forward to your future. After all, some people don’t have the future days and years that you have.

You may move slower, but that’s a good thing.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can do what you once did.

Everything’s a little harder at this age, and takes longer. A harmless tumble at 30 can become a major injury risk after 60.

If you’re going to challenge your children or grandchildren at anything, make sure it is within your physical range.  I don’t run the bases any more — but I will play catch or be “all-time pitcher” for the boys.  I can still hit some pretty decent fly balls for their fielding practice.

This slower pace can also allow you to enjoy more.  What 30 years ago was a fast trip down the freeway is much more leisurely now.  I am amazed at the scenery I have missed over the years.

You can get back into shape no matter how old you are, if you do it right.

Sure, you’re slower, but you can build stamina with a common sense approach to exercise. You’d be amazed at what your body can do. Remember, “slow and steady wins the race?” You’re no longer the hare. You’re the tortoise. Deal with it. A little routine activity, walking or other appropriate physical exercise, is good for the soul.

Look forward.

Memories are wonderful, but don’t get stuck in reverse. Cherish the people and places you’ve known, but make new memories.

Family relations will strengthen.  Create memories that your kids and grandkids will treasure.

You can’t take it with you.

Ditch the stuff that’s tying you down — donate it or dump it. De-clutter your home, your yard, your life. Part with unwanted ‘stuff.’ You’ll feel liberated. Enjoy.

Be generous.  Give to those who really need it and can use it.  Better to enjoy watching their joy than missing out.   Besides — they’ll probably fight over it after your gone so just give it all away now.

Mend fences now, before it’s too late.

Got a feud going with a family member or a friend?

Kiss and make up now, before one of you dies. Think I’m kidding? At your age, it’s a real possibility, so take the first step, extend a hand, and apologize (even if it’s not your fault).

I just got invited to a big celebration at a church that fired me as their minister years ago.  We made up long ago so now I get to enjoy their joy.  Grudges aren’t worth it.

Time is a friend, not a foe.

You’ve made it to 60, so appreciate the accomplishment and use all that experience and, yes, wisdom, to enjoy the next 10, 20, 30 years.

Share what you know with others. Pass it forward.

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