As we enjoyed a beautiful day at the new lake house of some very good friends, I looked out and took in the scenery and thought, "None of our friends had houses like this when we were younger!". Benefit of aging...upgrade in places to hang out.
|A view that makes you forget you are only an hour away from Houston!|
A very nice place to spend the day!
On Sunday there were two First Communions at mass. The parents looked so young....and excited and happy for their children. I don't think I could have appreciated their feelings if I had not experienced the same thing myself. I could appreciate their happiness but not truly know what it felt like if we had not gone through it ourselves. There are a lot of life experiences that you only empathize with after experiencing them yourself. Childbirth, child rearing, death in a family, relocating to another city or country, losing a job... just to name a few. The older you are and the more you live, the more you can relate to others in the same situation. Perspective is a benefit of aging.
I also think of a quote from the character Kathy Bates played on Fried Green Tomatoes. "Face it, girls. I'm older and I have more insurance." — , to the women whose car she's just slammed into — repeatedly — after they stole her parking space and said "Face it, lady. We're younger and faster,". There is something to be said for being older and not giving a flip about some things!
So even though I may be a year older, there are some benefits to aging!