I think I’ve been living in a bubble.
One that was popped when I was recently described by two words…
Yes, that’s right. Someone labeled me as a “middle-aged” woman. I’ve never thought of myself as such, and it’s the first time I’ve heard this word and my name in the same sentence. Together. It was not music to my ears.
I mean, sure, my children are now adults. Yes, I have a few of those shiny strands of gray popping through. Yes, I have more “laugh lines” with each passing year. The evidence is there, but in my mind, I’m not middle-aged.
But, the definition from dictionary.com says I am…
middle-aged :: being of the age intermediate between youth and old age, roughly between 45 and 65.
(I’d like to mention I’m on the younger side of this category, however.)
How did this happen? I don’t feel middle-aged. I feel healthy and strong. I feel young. I keep a positive perspective. I stay physically active. Goodness, I’ve bicycled across the state of Iowa twice at ages 45 and 46, and plan to do it again this year.
But I cannot deny what my birth certificate says. I guess that person was correct. I am middle-aged.
I’m thankful age is just a number.
Not that being middle-aged is a horrible thing. It was just something I wasn’t personally mindful of (or ready for).
Bubbles in our lives have a way of doing that. They have a tendency to block reality. When we’re living in one, life is predictable. Life feels safe(r). Life is not always as it seems.
It’s good to bust out of our bubbles… or have them popped by another. Doing so brings reality back in focus, and helps us see real life clearer.
It has done that for me, as I’ve become aware of three realities in this process:
1 – Half of my life on this earth could be over. What impact will I have in the days that remain?
2 – I’m going to leave this earth some day. Am I ready?
3 – What I do here matters in eternity. Am I living for this world or the next?
Please know I’m not looking at these realities with “doom and gloom,” but with hopeful expectation, with faith-filled motivation, and with peaceful anticipation.
I want to make the most of the life I’m given.
Not necessarily for this life, but for the next… for eternity.
Without any sort of bubbles.
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Ephesians 5:15-16 MSG
Friend, are there any bubbles that need to be broken in your life? Is there anything standing between you and the real life that’s yours to live? Let’s bust out of these bubbles together.
It’s okay I’m “middle-aged.” While I’m still here, God still has more for me to do, and more life for me to live. I plan to make the most of each moment I’m given.
Join me, won’t you?
What fun it is to join up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday. You’ll be blessed and encouraged by stopping over there to visit! It’s a great day to #livefree!
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