Sunday, December 6, 2009

Our New Moon

(Me and Missy)

Last week some friends and I went to the Twilight series movie, New Moon. I was mesmerized by Jacob's ripped ab muscles and glowing white teeth and thinking to myself "oh my he is fine"!!! Then it dawned on me that I was old enough to be the main character's mom! YUCK!! When did that happen?? As we all stood up to leave the theater my knees hurt from sitting, Michelle's knees hurt, Missy's hip hurt...it was hilarious:)


We are aging and that fact is really weird for me. I think it began when I was little. My mom always complained of getting older. I would get so frustrated with her because I didn't think she was old and it wasn't happening to me yet, so I didn't have much sympathy. But as I look in the mirror and see my own crow's feet, and my joints begin to stiffen I hear myself complaining. I really don't want to be like that because I know getting older is a privilege and these wrinkles are from years of living. But let's be honest, old age involves suffering. It's the "preview" that we see in our parents and grandparents faces and in their aging bodies that scares us. It's the loss of control. Our bodies have a shelf life and it feels like a betrayal when they decide to not look or feel the way they should.


All this would be extremely depressing if we didn't have the promise of a forever in heaven. Some day if we know him, we will have new bodies... This long and windy uphill path down here will lead to a blessed, unfathomable new beginning in His presence. Old age, aches, pains, suffering, and loss will all be forgotten. Now if that isn't something to look forward to as we get older I don't know what is. Kind of puts it into perspective a little.



How do you feel about getting older...
excited, scary, are you going to fight it tooth and nail?





Have a blessed day.


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32 comments:

  1. You still look so young, so its hard to believe you look in the mirror and think anything differently. Although I am still extremely young (22) I have always embraced growing older... and then after 21, I have never minded staying young. I think it is all relative. I don't mind how old I look, just as long as I have the energy and ability to play with my grandkids someday. :)

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  2. I don't mind the laugh lines...or the crow's feet. And I'll take as many birthdays as I can get:) I just wish gravity didn't take such a toll on my body!

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  3. Hey, I'm 57 and I've earned every wrinkle, line, ache and pain and gray hair! I'm going to appreciate every one because they are signs that I'm still around!

    And the part about the suffering being a part of growing old - I just lost my Dad in September, and watching him suffer those last weeks and months was the hardest part. I still miss him, but I rejoice in the fact that as a believer he is healed, healthy, whole, and feeling fine in heaven with loved ones who went before him. What a promise, what a gift that is!!! Becky G.

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  4. I had to laugh as I felt the SAME way! I turned 40 this year. What??! But then I have to realize the alternative and I am so thankful.:) I'm glad God has plans for me. Thanks for the reminder! Lori

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  5. All I have to do is look into faces. There are those ladies that are so full of panic that they run for botox..plastic surgery..trying to keep it together. They end up looking strained, unreal, even freakish. Then their are the many older women around me we age beautifully. I look into their faces and I DO NOT EVEN SEE THE WRINKLES! Their BEAUTY shines through with such grace, I want to be like them. My Mom has passed away but my husbands Mom is still with us at age 97. Her mind is clear and active, she shuffles around her house, cleaning etc. Her hearing in bad and her eye sight (for close up work) but she listens to tapes instead of reading so she is up on everything that is happening in the world. She is so fun to visit with, her grands and g. grands worship her. I'll take wrinkles..I'll keep walking everyday for as long as I can. Inner peace and love is what shines through and that is the most beautiful thing! Come say hi :D

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  6. i don't mind getting older at all. I love the security that comes with age! And you, my dear, are not getting old yet! I had a similar experience when I watched the latest Hannah montanna movie and the cowboy came riding in and I got all excited until they showed him close up and I thought, now that's just a little boy...

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  7. Did you send me a message? I found it in Spam...deleted it, then realized I should have moved it into inbox..sorry..senior moment! LOL

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  8. I know it sounds cliche, but I have always felt age is just a number. I am 38, soon to be 39 in january, and I am fine with that. I want to live a long life and every day I wake up and breathe is like a gift to me from God. So I will never fret about getting older, because each day we are older is a gift! xoxo

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  9. Becky dear, I could write an essay to you about this subject....but this isn't really the place. As you know, I work with the elderly each day. I have been wondering if I should talk about it on my blog...but haven't decided yet. It is depressing. Very depressing. I understand your optimism for the end of life on this earth .... but the suffering in the interim can take many many years and unbelievable pain, loneliness, and loss of control of your body, like an infant - I also understand that each day we are alive, is a gift. That is easy to say when you are healthy and enjoying your life and have things to look forward to. Women, at your age, worry about crows feet, women my age about sagging jowls and eyelids. My mom also always talked about getting old, as your mom does and it irritated me too. But that was when I was in my 30' & 40's. Now in my 50's and seeing her in her 70's - I understand. So to answer your question, how I feel is quite scared - not one bit excited.

    That is why youth is so wonderful. When we are young - kids, teens, 20's and even 30's, we are truly oblivious to aging. Thank God for that!! xo

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  10. I don't like the way my body feels at times, but I am loving getting older. Mostly because I am so enjoying watching my children becoming adults. Watching them take ownership of thier faith has been such a blessing to me. I have so many past blessings to be thankful for and many more ahead. The Lord has been so good and I can't wait to see what he has in store for me down the road! I may just move a bit more cautiously and slowly than before! LOL!
    Blessings~
    Leigh Ann

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  11. Ha! That is just awesome... and I loved his white teeth too!!

    I love getting older, but I know that sounds so wierd. I might not say that another day...

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  12. My mom said the only alternative to growing old is dying young. The old option sounds better than the other.

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  13. I love this post! First of all you do not look old enough to be Jacob's mother. You look young enough to be my daughter. In fact, your probably my daughter's age or younger. :) I never felt old in my 30's or 40's. Even when I became ill I still never felt old. Now, I have days where I feel I look old and days where I feel very old. But each day is precious to me so I will take what ever it is I'm given. :) I have so much yet that I want and need to do. So, I will be fighting for as long as I can. I know that God understands and forgives my way of thinking and that he will let me know when it is time for me to stop fighting. :) I have had quite the journey and I hope that it goes on lots longer. I think that makes me a fighter. :)

    Mary

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  14. My 85-yr old dad says "Getting old is not for sissies". My mom says she never saw anyone with wrinkled earlobes before she saw hers. I'd be more wrinkled if I weren't so ... well anyway. And, everything hurts from injuries and more. I'm very thankful for our hope eternal - for all the things that means! Amen! Jenn

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  15. I'm with Mary!! My journey with cancer has really put life into a different perspective. Although I know this past year I have aged so very much. What I like about it all is you have to laugh at all the little things age does to you like the elbows and knees I think are the first to wrinkle. My funny story was about 3 months ago, I was driving home from the doctor pulled up to a red light,and in my side mirror I looked and I saw this old lady right next to my car. I was a little frightened to think why would a lady be so close to me, out of her car, in the middle of the street. you know people are crazy sometimes! Then I looked again and guess what.. yep I realized it was me I was that old lady in the mirror! I laughed all the way home. God is so good to always show me the silliest things!

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  16. I think about getting older a lot, but the thing I think about most is how inside I still feel so young, and sometimes I feel like I'm just stil "playing house" and surely this house and husband and kid aren't mine already?! Ever feel that way, like you're playing house? (Well, until reality sets in after a few seconds, haha.)

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  18. I saw it opening night at midnight....that will make you feel old and tired!!:-)

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  19. You're not old at all. lol. I don't mind getting older. I feel like I'm catching up with the age I feel. lol. I had kids before anyone else in my age group. I think I had already had my 4 by the time some of my high school friends had their firsts. And kids can really do a number on you. My hubby on the other hand is having a hard time. :)

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  20. I will be 50 in March and I just marvel at that. I am OK with getting older really because I like myself so much better at 49 than I ever did at 30 or egads 20 when I was a mass of insecurities. I revel in the gray streak in my hair.

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  21. I do not like getting older. I know it's a fact of life and all that good stuff, I just haven't embraced it too much yet :/ I probably will someday, it's just not my favorite thing. I would have forever stayed 26 if I could :) HOWEVER, the thought of being in heaven and spending each day in a new body rejoicing my King sounds pretty amazing to me!!! So I will embrace that :) :)

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  22. You know...getting older doesn't really bother me...I just enjoy everyday.

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  23. You are inside my head with this post! I find myself feeling all the same things. And I don't like the physical changes that come with getting older. Not one bit.

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  24. First of all I love your song list. Revelation Song is my favorite (I love Kari Jobe).

    My daughter wanted to go to the midnight showing and I just couldn't do it. I DON'T stay up that late and didn't want to be snoring there in the theater next to my daughter and her friend. We went the next night and I had the same revelation...well Jacob being 15 I would have had to have him at 15 but could've happened...actually not because at 15 I was dreaming of laying with boys in the grass. So my thoughts on the movie were along the lines of "Oh my gosh, I remember being 15!" So, not in reality....I have to say I like reality better:) Could use my 15 year old matabolism though...I miss that:)

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  25. I went to the midnight showing of New Moon with my friend, sis-in-law and mom-in-law and it was way fun, and I too lusted after Jacob, I figure, that is okay, we are older, but not old, it is all in how you feel look speak and act, I am thankful to be in my 30's and the self-awareness it brings and although those 17 years olds are nice eye candy, I would NOT want to be 17 again ever! BTW, I love your playlist, my new favorite songs that I think you would like, and you probably know, are Kutless, "what Faith Can Do" Sidewalk Prophets, "Words I Would Say' and Matthew West "The Motions". Do you know these? I lvoe the,! I love music! It helps me through each day and so thank you for the songs on your blog. Have a great day and stay feeling young!

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  26. Oh, you are so cute.... yep, the age thingy...

    I say just enjoy each and every day that we have....every minute..

    lovely post

    best,
    kary
    xxx

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  27. Oh my goodness dear young Becky, you make me giggle. You are not yet old! Believe me! Your smile in that picture makes you look very young and energetic and shows that what is inside is indeed young!!

    It seems that as one decade passes we can all come up with something that made us feel really much older than our brain tells us we are. In a few days I will be 54, and my bum knee lately makes me feel much older, but it's getting better. My plan is to listen to my brain and not my bones that ache. My brain tells me that I have alot of wonderful living to do ahead of me and that includes following my dreams as you have done lately with your Etsy store etc.. As they say, "the best is yet to come".

    Lee Ann

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  28. Hi Becky...that angel food cake was good..everybody loved it..the real recipe called for it to be covered in coconut...I looked everywhere for that coconut that is wide/fat...not the thin kind..I think health food stores might have it...but ran out of time...

    let me know if you try it....

    more later,
    Kary
    xxx

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  29. When my FIL passed away in Aug, and I saw his body ravaged by the cancer that over took him, the only thing that gave me comfort was knowing that in heaven his body would again be young and renewed and without any pain or suffering...

    I'm not very good with the "aging gracefully" thing though...I'm fightin it as best I can!!

    :) T

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  30. hey becky! how funny! i am so with you! i cant believe i am in my late thirties! me, "late" thirties! some days i feel like i am still in my twenties! but yes, at least i know i have a wonderful place to go when i am done here! thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a sweet comment and becoming a follower! i just became a follower of your blog! i hope you visit again soon!

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  31. Hello!

    Your post was so eloquently written. I loved your humor about the aches and pains after leaving the theatre. I can totally relate. =)

    I will admit, I don't mind growing older, but I sure don't look forward to wrinkles and lines.

    You and your mother are BEAUTIFUL! Good genes! =) Thanks for sharing and your post really does put things into perspective, thank you! *smile*

    ((Hugs))
    Liz

    P.S. Thank you for the sweet comment. You have a gorgeous family.

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  32. Hi - just stumbled across your blog and love it! I too went to see Twilight New Moon and felt the same way about Edward and then also realised that I too am old enough to be his mother. Then I decided I'm actually old enough to be his Mrs Robinson and that made me feel better!! I'm 43 now and have a few crows feet coming but am OK with that - I'm supposed to have them at my age. I don't really want the startled look of botox etc or the expense. Besides, insided I'm still 21!

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