I’m older now than I used to be. I have aches I didn’t once have. My hair is more gray. Recently my youngest son said, “Hey Pops, you are starting to look old.” He doesn’t realize how much I’m starting to feel it also. It isn’t completely bad though. As I have entered what may be considered my “middle ages”, I am realizing some benefits from being the age that I am today.
Here are 10 benefits to being middle-aged:
- I am less concerned about impressing others. I probably wasn’t that impressive anyway, but now I don’t care as much to try.
- I get to act more out of experience now, having often “been there and done that.”
- Lord willing, I still have lots of time to dream big dreams and see them completed.
- I love being on the side now where people come to me for advice. (Please don’t tell them I still have more questions than answers.)
- I am looking forward to grandchildren someday. Really! In the meantime, I get to enjoy other people’s children.
- I am starting to realize the fruit of hard work in days past…and some of the aches and pains.
- I’m much closer to getting discounts at multiple restaurants. I’m already occasionally asked if I want to get one.
- Cheryl and I are at a good place in our marriage and we get to enjoy our two boys as friends. (And one day they will get to take care of us!)
- Some of my clothes are starting to come back in style.
- I am smart enough to know better…sometimes…
How close are you to “middle age”?
Of course, none of us are guaranteed that we aren’t at the end of our days, but I’m thankful for the years I have had, the experiences I’ve gained, and the time God allows me to continue to share what He has given me with others. Bring on the years!