Here’s one thing I know for sure, y’all ready for this?! We are all getting older!” Yes, even those of you who fight tooth and nail to hide it! Every day, every hour, every minute we’re alive we are aging. And quite frankly, I’m starting to get a little bitter.
There are those of you who will argue that aging has its perks, and I guess to some extent that’s true. For instance, I certainly don’t worry as much about what others think. I’m much wiser. I now feel I can disagree with someone without ruining a friendship. In other words, I don’t always have to be right. I’m less, and I mean way less, tolerable of men who aren’t gentlemen. If there’s a male near me and there’s a door to be opened? He’ll either open it for me or we’ll be standing there all day! Ladies should be treated like ladies. Ok, I may have exaggerated just a tad. I won’t stand there all day, but know that if some dude lets a door shut on me, or let’s me open it for him?! He’ll at least get a dirty look and possibly a good talking to! I find the older I get the less tolerable I am of ignorance, but I have the discernment, courage and compassion to help the ignorant in a more loving, humane way. When I was younger I wouldn’t have said a word for fear of someone being mad at, or not liking me. Then I would’ve played out 5,000 different scenarios in my head of me ripping them a new one, and profusely talked about them behind their backs. Or, if I had of mustered up the courage to say anything it would’ve been a rant that would’ve most likely ended in “screw you!”, or worse. I now feel it’s ok to take naps. And it’s certainly much easier, and way more fun to discuss bowel movements. You even get cheap coffee at McDonald’s. See, I totally get the advantages of getting older. However, the disadvantages are hideously disturbing.
How about how I now sweat profusely?! Sometimes for no good reason! What about the fact that I’m fat, but I’m too tired to do much about it? My face breaks out way more now than when I was a teenager! I have to pee a lot. I just had a period twenty four days after my last period! I can’t see without my dang glasses. Up close or far away! Sometimes I’m not really sure how to dress! When I go shopping, the outfits either look so young that, should I wear said outfit, I’d be that woman who’s picture ended up on PeopleOfWalmart.com, or they look so old that, if I wore them, I’d look like I walked straight out of the nursing home! Neither look is one I remotely desire to achieve. So it’s t-shirts and mom jeans.
Oh, and the mirror. UGH! I sit down to put on my make up, in my magnifying mirror no doubt, only to have to spend ten minutes plucking and tweeting! WTH?! Yesterday I watched a tutorial on YouTube on how to disguise marionette lines :-/. Which by the way, makes putting on your make up take that much longer! Y’all, the struggle is REAL!
I’ve given up on Spanx. I’d rather look fatter than to not be able to breathe. There was a time when beauty would most definitely override comfort. Not now. At this age breathing is fundamental! High heels are out. I don’t want to risk breaking a hip, plus I have to be careful with this gimped up back. Support, in every area, (if you know what I mean) is a must!
So basically, what all this boils down to is, all the so-called advantages of being older? Heck, I could’ve been enjoying them all along, and looked a heck of a lot better doing it! Like I’ve said before, and will most likely say again, it’s all about knowing who you are in Christ! And you can have Godfidence at any age! Wrinkles, fat, unwanted hair, not even profuse sweating or frequent bathroom trips can keep a person from gaining Godfidence! Although, those things can increase one’s frequency in having to ask for forgiveness. Not knowing Jesus is the only thing that keeps a person from having Godfidence! And getting forgiveness is rather difficult without Him too!
Take it from me! Don’t wait until you’re older to ask for Godfidence! Get to know Jesus when your young! I mean really get to know Him! That way, when you get old you can look back and say, “Dang, Godfidence sure looked good on me!” If you’re older and don’t know Jesus? It’s not too late! The only way to make it through the perils of aging, and gracefully slip into eternity is through Jesus Christ! Holy crap! Don’t try to go through this stuff without Jesus! It’s brutal!
“Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that’s left of the family of Israel. I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46: 3-4