As I see “middle age” on the horizon, I’m realizing that there are some things that will never happen again.
I will never…
- fit into a certain, smaller size of clothing. Ever.
- have my hair naturally grow in blond…or even brown.
- be able to read fine print without either strong light, holding the page at arm’s length…or wearing glasses (haven’t caved to those yet!)
- stay up all night and not pay the consequences for days.
- ride roller coasters that have loops and go upside down.
- eat a large piece of cheesecake late at night and go to bed feeling anything but sick.
However, while recognizing that increasing age brings with it a few limitations, I’m thankful there’s still plenty that I can do.
- cherish my husband and the love that’s grown between us in twenty-one years of marriage.
- enjoy having children who can dress, feed, and entertain themselves.
- plan new adventures with my family while recalling with fondness all we’ve done together thus far.
- continue to challenge myself mentally, perhaps even physically…occasionally.
- be thankful for my good health.
- choose to use this time I’ve been given wisely.
Yes, this few-pounds-heavier, highlighted-hairdo, and early-to-bed lifestyle has its fair share of compensations!
Ugh – YES re: rollercoasters & rich desserts! 😛 I'm finally giving up coasters after our trip to Galveston last Labor Day; and last night, JB brought me home crème brûlée for Valentine's…and I seriously felt like I might throw up as I lay in bed. :'(
I love this post and feel the same way! Pulling out the motrin liquid late at night and realizing I could no longer read the dosage directions without glasses was a rude awakening! I now have to keep "cheaters" in the medicine box. 🙂
I am an "old" mom to my younger girls being in my middle forties. While I can't run and chase for as long as I could my older two, I am a lot more patient! Mothering is never ending. And such a blessings.
I think I first noticed my slowly fading eyesight when I was checking some of my younger daughter's math work. The print in the answer key is small and I started having difficulty reading the fractions!! My birthday is in April so I'm committed to not checking on getting glasses before then. 😉
Great list! I relate many times over. Reading fine print is next to impossible these days. Of course, I still ride the roller coasters. I just have to visit the chiropractor now to put things back into place. 😉