Mature years can be fun

Old age can be something that we look forward to rather than something we dread. Many times we hear jokes about becoming older. However, entering the mature years can become quite fun!

Believe it or not, older age does have its advantages. You still have a choice as to how you view the world. Now is the time to make new friends, to laugh, to love and pursue new opportunities.

There are ways you can enjoy your older years. Maintain your self-esteem. You are still the person you have always been. See yourself as a person God values.

Older age is just a number. You can be just as cheerful and witty as ever. “Laughter is good for the heart. My friend’s elderly dad went to a cardiologist for a checkup. The cardiologist said, “You don’t have heart trouble because you laugh a lot and are happy. Go home so I can help someone who needs me.” So the doctor set him home with a healthy diagnosis.

Look for the good in life. We always have more blessings than problems. Embrace those special moments and more will come to you.

Enjoy the stage of life you’re in. Keep in mind your “young” heart today in everything you do and say. Your “mental sunshine” will bring many blessings to you and those around you.

Getting older is a privilege we have. For a blessed life at any age think big, have faith and display courage.

Abraham lived 175 years.

Moses lived 125 years.

Caleb said, “I am today 85 years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (Joshua 14:11, NIV).

I have seen self-esteem go down the tube as some begin to get older. I am not denying the fact that we all get older. Yet we are still the same person with worth and value. Getting older does not mean we are unacceptable.

Some of the greatest contributors to society were in their golden years. People like Einstein, Ben Franklin and Colonel Sanders to name a few, made tremendous contributions.

The elderly population has a wealth of experiences to be shared. They are filled with wisdom and knowledge and others need the courage and guidance they so aptly supply.

Isaiah 46:4 reassures security to those who are growing older. “Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you.” (NCV).

The best part of growing older is going to bed when you want to and getting up when you want to. You can eat what you want to for breakfast.

I still want to wear high heels and jewelry, so what? My granddaughters say, “Mawmaw is cool!”

Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is:


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