Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pros and Cons of Aging

Let's have some fun that I'm on the downhill side to 50!

I was thinking about age and getting older this morning while getting ready for another day in my life. Well, honestly, I was thinking "gee, you are starting to look OLD!" You ladies know what I mean...either in the morning or in the evening when no one else is in the bathroom but you...the make-up comes off and so do the clothes. It still amazes me how much make-up and clothing can truly hide. There is nothing more brutally honest, uncensored and unedited than looking at yourself in the the buff and without at stitch of make-up...nothing is hidden any longer. I didn't like what was looking back at me this morning.

So, I began to think about the days of my youth and my current days to "elder hood". What did I like and dislike about myself when I was younger verses what I like and dislike about my current age status.

I thought that I would list 5 likes and 5 dislikes about my age now and ask you to send me your comments doing the same.

On your comments...this includes anonymous writers are welcome to leave your comments, just leave your first name or initials...please.

List your age in one of the following categories:

Then list whether you are male or female and list 5 likes and dislikes of your current can also compare it to your youth, if you are older, if you want to.

This should be fun :) To see the differences in what we see in ourselves vs. what others might see. Please participate...can you hear me begging???


  1. All the lessons that I have successfully learned and haven't made those mistakes again
  2. Spiritual growth...all the trials in my life has brought about so much spiritual growth...even I can see it...others already had.
  3. Feeling secure in my marriage...Roger loves me for ME...not what I look like...PTL!
  4. Growing old with my husband...retirement, hopefully, if there is anything left of Social Security in 10 years!
  5. Blessed with a wonderful family...children, son-in-law and grandson...I love each and everyone of them...they might our lives complete.


  1. Gray hair...Hello, Miss Clairol!
  2. Wrinkles....Grrrrr...Hello, Oil of Olay!
  3. Age Spots...any suggestions...other than a tanning bed :)
  4. Metabolism...can't skip a meal anymore and lose 5 pounds!
  5. Energy I go...dragging myself to the gym :(

Now, I know that I'm not really that old, but the old saying..."you are as old as you feel"...well, some days...I feel ancient. I will never forget when I started working for the first doctor in 1985 and made the statement that anyone over 30 was ancient. Little did I know that everyone that I was working with was over 30...they never let me forget it either. I was 22 at the time.

This is just for fun...I am exactly where God wants me to be and I am content. However, God wants us to take care of ourselves and be healthy...those are the changes that I am working on right now.

Let's look at God's Word on Youth and Old Age:

1 Timothy 4:12
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity. (International Standard)

Psalm 103:5
He fills my life with good things, so that I stay young and strong like an eagle. (GN)

Psalm 92:14
[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. (Amplified)

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Let's have some fun with this...."laughter does good like a medicine" interpretation.


  1. Hi! I am 50 with a 15 & a 19 yr old. What a fun idea! Love your blog!

    1. Lines on my face (I feel it shows that I have lived and laughed and loved.
    2. I am 50 and therefore SOMEBODY better listen to me because I've been on this earth a long time!!!
    3. I am healthy don't feel like I am "old." I always thought I would have one foot in the grave by this age.
    4. My husband and I have been married for 25 years, my kids are older and we enjoy being with them and each other.
    5. In a few years I'll be able to get a senior discount.

    1. Lines on my face....when did that happen?
    2. I am 50, how come nobody listens to me?
    3. I may not have one foot in the grave, but I feel like I have a toe in it when I'm exercising...maybe even two toes.
    4. My kids are older, and I can't believe they are almost out of the house. I have been living with the same man for 25 years...(just kidding, I love him!).
    5.In a few years I'll be able to get a senior discount!!!!!

  2. Jennifer, I put a link to your post on my blog because I think it's such a fun idea. I hope you don't mind!

  3. ok-
    age category - do i have to tell???
    in the 41 - 50 category

    can still keep up with my kids - barely

    one day closer to heaven!

    have enough sense to learn lessons from my past mistakes

    car insurance is cheaper- for a while

    have the life of my dreams


    gaining weight!!!!
    the doctor begins with statements like: "at your age...."
    can't see the fine print anymore.
    did i say gaining weight? :)

  4. Momstheword....absolutely! The more readers the merrier. Thanks again for stopping by!!!

    Have a great day.

  5. Oh Dorinda...That was good...actually you reminded me of a few more things that I dislike.
    How could I forget the eyesight while I am wearing my glasses...maybe because my brain is about gone too :(


  6. Hey Jen...
    I am in the 41+ group.


    1. Seeing my adult kids pursue God in their lives.
    2. My husband still chases me.
    3. That my kids actually ask me for advice now.
    4. It doesn't take me as long to learn from my mistakes.
    5. Having more freedom to pick up and do things that we (hubby and me) want now that the kids are grown.


    1. Some of my kids living far away.
    2. Losing energy by 9 pm.
    3. Having pain in places I never experienced before.
    4. Having to color my hair out of neccessity and not because of style.
    5. That I am old enough to be a "granny".

    love ya, and guess us 'ol gals will age gracefully together!!!

  7. This is fun. What Treasure Seeker says is so true: I started gaining weight the minute I turned 40...of course the birthday cake didn't help. And at 50? Well, I look at chocolate and gain weight.

    Jennifer, I've enjoyed browing your site and I've added you to my blog roll. Please let me know if this is a problem. Thanks!

  8. What a great post!! Fun!

    I'm in the 31-40 group

    1. My confidence
    2. My "job"
    3. The way God is currently using me
    4. My adult friends...with confidence!
    5. The way I don't "want, want, want" anymore

    1. My gray hairs
    2. Random aches and pains
    3. My fears for my children
    4. Seeing my parents age
    5. My new-found love for ALL desserts!


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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