Just My Thoughts

“Age is a number – and mine is unlisted”

I love that quote. I have no idea where it came from but I remember using it one time when I was doing a scrapbook page about myself. We all get older – some dread it more than others. My philosophy is – there’s only one alternative to getting older …. I’m not quite done with life so I will be glad to get older.

HOWEVER – it’s not necessarily fun, this aging thing. Especially as a woman when some body parts take on a shape of their own!

Yes, hair turns gray (thankful for my hair stylist who can make it disappear!), wrinkles appear, new aches become a daily way of life, and teeth can get more fragile and bothersome. (I have a love / hate relationship with my dentist but that’s for another time.)

But with age comes knowledge and experiences that can be shared with anyone who wants to listen (or read in a blog). I treasure my experiences. I gave birth to two baby girls and raised them alongside my wonderful husband. I have worked good, steady jobs that I enjoyed and which helped me grow in different ways. With age also came new family members – kids-in-law and those wonderful blessings who call me Nana Jo. With our youngest daughter now in college, Tom and I are learning how to be just us. He had a son when we met and our first daughter came along at the beginning of our life together. So we are just now learning how to be “just us”.

We are doing more couple things – traveling a little more – planning things with “just us” in mind. Yes, we will always be involved in the lives of our kids and grandkids – as much as they want us. But we are looking to and planning for a future for two.

Life as I see it through my bifocal vision – living in the moment while looking to the future. So follow along with me as I share stories, advice, ideas and the chronicles of our adventures along the way.

Life is not something you just get through – it’s something to be lived.

© 2017, Joanne. All rights reserved.

36 thoughts on ““Age is a number – and mine is unlisted”

  1. This is a very interesting quote and way to look at life. I am also getting a bit older and I am not 22 anymore. I really feel that staying healthy is a priority when you age.

  2. I love your post and I enjoy reading this and so glad that you share this very Inspiring message.

  3. I hope to one day get to a stage where my life not something to get through and overcome, but to be lived. I don’t have much hope, personally.
    I am so happy for you that you have found so many joys in your life! And it’s great that you and your husband are finding new ways to connect.
    Appreciate your body too! Those changes came from you being you, giving birth to you children, etc. I for one love grey hair. 🙂 I think it looks magical, but I’m also a bit of a weirdo.

    1. I am sorry if life is rough for you. Trust me – our life is NOT perfect. We have many battles that we have faced (see my post “In Sickness and Health”. I have just learned that there are always silver linings – sometimes they are small and fleeting. Sometimes you don’t realize they are there until they have actually passed. I hope you can find more and more days like that. I will keep you in my thoughts.

  4. I love it! What a beautiful reminder for all of us. It’s really important that we live life to the fullest and not just let it pass and waste the time that was given to us.

  5. I agree completely. I don’t mind the grays much, I hope I fee that way when the wrinkles come. By then I will have earned them. BTW I say the same thing about aging all the time.

    1. Ha! The wrinkles are another thing! Especially when I look at women who are older than me and they seem to have fewer! I guess some of it is genetics.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  6. You guys remind me of my parents. They’re also at the “just us” stage right now, because my youngest brother’s finally getting into college. Thank you for bringing back memories of them by sharing this post!

    1. Thank you so much. I dreaded every Birthday moving into a new decade, but there certainly are advantages to it too.

  7. I love this post, and your perspective so far. I’m looking forward to seeing more, too – my kids are currently 13 and 7, so we’re entering into the teen years, and as I look toward my own future as “just me” (I’ve got twelve years or so before then, but I have already learned how quickly the years pass), I’ve been really appreciating blogs that are about the stage of life I’m moving so quickly toward.

    1. Thank you. It means a lot to get some feedback. At some point I would like to invite your contribution to my blog of family life with younger kids.

  8. This is such a great article. As I grow older I try to embrace every stage of life. When I was younger I always wanted to be the next stage ahead and now I just want to slow time down and enjoy my family and The younger years with my kids

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