Birthdays, like New Year’s Day, are a prime time to assess one’s life. I process life with pen and paper. So, for my 38th birthday, I decided to make a list of things I have going for me. It is a good practice to be thankful on my birthday. Today’s #FridayFive is a birthday edition!
I Have My Knees.
I work in geriatric rehab. I am painfully aware of the fragility of one’s knees. There is a day on the horizon when the weight of my body will be too much for my 2 knees. Today, I can run in the backyard. I can bend down to play cars and trucks with Barrett. I can get on all floors to look for lost shoes under the couch. I can kneel to pray for my girls before bed. Thank you, God, for 2 good knees to carry me.
I Have My Eyes.
My husband passed the 40-year threshold. I watch him look at his iPhone with his arm fully extended. I told him it is time for reading glasses. I know my time is coming. For now, I will enjoy good books. I will sign reading logs and homework agendas. I will write checks to the mortgage company and utility board. All without readers!
I Have My Writing.
Through the years, I have used my free time for all sorts of fun things. I perused decorating blogs and found creative ways to add beauty to our home. I consumed hours of The Food Network and learned how to cook new, delicious dishes. I scrapbooked Claire’s first two years and the “we’re having a baby” page in Sarah Kate’s book (sorry, SK!). At 38, I am content with the same decor we’ve had for the last 8 years. I am ok with my ready-made menu from Emeals. I try not to let the stacks of photos in the hall closet fall on me when I open the door. I use my free time to write and that suits me just fine!
I Have My Friends.
I have always had friends. Sometimes relationships ran deep; other times they stayed superficial. At 38, I have more deep, genuine friendships than ever before. I became more comfortable being myself around others. This vulnerability brought deeper intimacy. I am aware this gift of friendship is no small thing. I have felt loneliness and longing; it makes me all the more grateful for the treasure of friendship. Today, I celebrate my tribe, my peeps, my friends.
I Have My Husband.
I have been married 17 years; I have been with my husband longer than I have been without him. I know marriages don’t always last. Just like friendship, a lasting marriage is a sacred gift. It hasn’t always been wine and roses. There are times when we both wanted to stop and start over. At 38, I am blessed to be married to the love of my youth.
Where two or more people are connected in Christ, carrying out their calling to fulfill His purpose, they will experience the blessing of being in a love that lasts longer than a lifetime. (Andrea Stunz)
#FridayFive Link Up
Now it’s your turn! Pick an age, any age. What are the perks of being that age? Maybe you step back in time and remember what it was like to be 12. Or consider the gift of your current age. Share a perk in the comments below. Better yet, write about it and link up with the button below.