Life {My Word for the Year}

Life {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ll be turning 40 in March, this has been a difficult thing for me to accept. Forty has always symbolized something I never wanted to be: old. please read that word with the appropriate amount of shuddering and nose crinkling I remember looking at the forty~something~year~old women of my youth and thinking they were looking at me with something that bordered on pity, mingled with contempt, and tinged with jealousy. And they looked frumpy. Looking back, I realize that was just my own youthful misperception of grown women. In reality, they weren’t paying me or my silliness any attention. As for looking dowdy, everyone in the 80s and 90s looked old compared to now; chalk it up to the heavy makeup, big hair, and thick shoulder pads. And, truth be told, that neon wasn’t helping anyone either.

In the last few weeks, as I’ve watched the news and listened to stories of  lives ended way too soon, I’ve realized something: forty is not old. Forty is a blessing; a blessing that not everyone is given. Psalm 103:15~18 {NIV} says:

(15) As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;

(16) the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

(17) But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children ~

(18) with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

So I will accept this blessing of life and the wrinkles that come with it. The grays, I may have to fight until I come across the last bottle of dye. But I want my life to be one of gratitude for the continuous gift of His eternal love, mercy, and grace. I know that He did not spare my life from premature birth, car accidents, and cancer for no reason, Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that He has plans for my life. Therefore, my vow to myself and to God is to live this life that He has blessed me with to the fullest.

2013 is the year of LIFE!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ellen.s.seaman Ellen Stewart Seaman

    Okay, shut up. I’m 52. You’re just a baby. And…my 40s were my best decade. You have much to look forward to!

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      I know the best is yet to come. It has to be, otherwise God wouldn’t have spared my life so many times. :-)

  • Rae

    Well said. I love how you’ve decided to perceive the inevitable. I’ve never feared getting old but I’m definitely not rushing it. I do pray that I live a long life so that I’m able to see my family flourish and grow. You may be turning 4-0 soon, but I must say, you look absolutely GORGEOUS doing so.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Yes, girl, getting older is a natural part of life, it’s just how we choose to accept it. You’re off to a good start with your family, getting your education and making sure that the kids stay focused. I’m so proud of you and happy for you.

      My dad passed away at a young age, so did my grandmother, my uncle and several of my great aunts, so I have to acknowledge the gift of life that He has given me and live in gratitude.

  • Stacy Artis

    Women have changed. 40 is younger than it used to be and I don’t think it’s just the makeup and clothes…though, you are so right about the 80s not doing anything for anybody style-wise. We women, I think, see ourselves differently, act differently, and care for ourselves differently. I’m two years older than my grandmother was when I was born (I’m 48) and she was a little, gray-haired old lady my whole life. Most people think I’m 10 years younger than I am. We have a different mindset about our age and it shows.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Yes, I’m glad I live in an age where women are more self aware and concerned about their internal and external health. Isn’t it funny to think of your parents (or grandparents) at the age that you are now? I want to be better and healthier, physically and spiritually than I was when I was younger.

  • Stacy Artis

    When I was thinking to the 40-year-olds of my youth I think I was thinking further back than the 80s, but I do agree that 40 looked older than it does now. Of course I’m saying that with 50 st

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Yeah, I look at pictures of myself and think I looked older then, it was just something about the style and the mindset.

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