A life of two halves

I am 51. My birthday is mixed up with Christmas and New Year so I have always taken the season personally.

In my early 40s I started to think I was middle-aged. Turning 50 and 51 I start to think I am getting old, moving into end times. These are the ready-made cultural scripts we are given.

Then I remembered that my mother-in-law is in her 90s and is physically and mentally healthy and independent. People are living longer, and more healthily and actively than ever before, and that progress is continuing. I could easily live to be over 100. The composer Elliott Carter was active at the forefont of his field right until his death in 2012 at the age of 103. No need to turn in at 50 or 60 or 70.

If I live to be 100 I am only just into the second half (if I count only my adult life, I’m still in the first half).

Half-time is a good time to be born again, and to relaunch myself. I can think of my adult life so far as a kind of second childhood or gestation. I look forward to 50 years of new life.

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  1. I like the way you are thinking, David, not just about age, but about your new identity in Christ. I kind of take a different perspective on aging. The more my body breaks down and fails me, the more I’m reminded of the new and glorious body I will receive in eternity one day. No more wrinkles, no more cellulite, no more extra pounds, scars, cranky knee, or disease! But that’s not the half of it! I suppose I should focus mostly on the blessing of being with Jesus in the heavenly realm. And I do. But maybe not as much as I look forward to that new body! Lol! Thanks for your vulnerable heart, my friend! Always great to visit your place.

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    • Dear Beth, thanks for your comment :) I have been lucky with my body – just a few minor (& avoidable) mishaps -, though I am no oil painting. Shaking off the winter is not as easy as it used to be.

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