Although our health may cause us to slow down, God still has a plan for us at every age.
Here are a few examples of women who never gave in to age and as a result fulfilled some amazing accomplishments:
1. Mother Theresa was active in her work with the poor up to the day of her passing at the age of eighty-seven.
2. Diane Keaton (70), Meryl Streep (67), Jane Fonda (79), Lily Thomlin (77), Jane Seymour (65), Helen Mirren (71), Jessica Lange (67), and many more actresses who are still working and are still actively pursueing their passion.
3. Cher (70), Madonna (58), Reba McEntyre (61), Joni Mitchell (73), and several other over 50 ladies who are still making music, performing, and living their life as full as they can.
4. Cindy Joseph (60+), Cindy Crawford (50), Christy Brinkley (62), Veronica Webb (51), Susan Sarandon (70), Joan Didion (82), Tilda Swinton (56), Charlotte Rampling (70), and several others are still modeling/spokeswomen for fashion/cosmetics.
5. Sarah (Genesis 21) -was way past menopause when he son, Isaac was born.
6. Mary, mother of Jesus, was middle aged when she witnessed Jesus' crucifixtion and resurrection. (John 19:25)
7. On the politcal scene we have Hillary Clinton (60), Carly Fiorina(62), Sarah Palin (52), and a few others who are still active and working hard.
As you can see there are a lot of women over 50 who refuse to give up and sit in the rocking chair on the front porch.
The thing these women have in common is not success or careers, but the gumption to go on and a passion for life. They don't stand still.
There is an old saying that goes something like this: What you don't use, you lose. This is true about just about everything. If you don't use your car for a while, a lot of times when you do decide to drive it, it won't start. It's been sitting too long.
Think about yourself. No matter your age, you can sit and rust, or you can move and live. Keeping your mind active, your body moving, and always having a goal or plan will make a huge difference in the quality of life in our older years.
Don't let the year of your birth or number of your age decide who you are. Forget the numbers and go with how you feel. Also, be positive. Don't dwell on what is wrong or what you don't have. Think on the positive and work to correct what is wrong.
While it is true, we may only live through tomorrow, it is also just as likely that we will live another 20 years. How do you want to live those years? Immobile? Confined to home? Isolated? OR, active, social, enjoying life?
If you choose to give up, you are slapping God in the face. He has accomplished so much through the older women of the Bible. He may have something he needs you for, but if you choose to give up, what can he do? You have made the choice and he will allow you to live your choices.
Make 2017 the year you improve yourself and your life. The year that you choose life over fear. The year where you think possibilities instead of limitations.
"The fountain of youth can be found in our own thinking."
- Sheryl -
What goals do you have for 2017? How old do you feel physically? Mentally? What can you do in 2017 to feel younger and more vibrant? Do you have advice for others that may help them to make 2017 the year of feeling young?