“With age comes the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Last month I attended a 90th birthday party for a very dear family member. There was wonderful food, drink, cake, and a large group to celebrate this impressive milestone. A lovely time was had by all.
My favorite part of the afternoon was when friends and relatives of the birthday girl rose and gave testimonials to the woman they know and love. Although she came from parents who were fortunate to have lived long lives, there were other attributes beyond her good genes which I think have sustained and helped her live to a long life.
- Youthful spirit kept alive by working with children for decades.
- Deep devotion to her friends (and they to her).
- Love of adventure – she’s our very own Amelia Earhart of the of the family! A pilot when few women dared.
- Appreciation for a good laugh.
- Expanding the mind always – through reading, learning new things & curiosity.
I recently came across this beautiful image by photographer Teiho Lemaire Bennett , which poignantly depicts a journey from youthful to aged. The image is a wonderful reminder of how aging is as reflective as our attitude towards it. In the later stages of life, there are two choices each one of us can have – let it be a journey of new explorations, inner growth and understanding or we can focus on the external disappointments which naturally comes with physical deterioration and aging. It’s up to each of us as to how we decide to handle it.