60 is a comfortable place, if you allow yourself to be in it

July 31, 2013
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Lifelong Formation

potter photoHarry Potter is 33 today.

I don’t suppose many of us think of Harry Potter as a 33 year old man. We want to remember Harry Potter as a teenage wizard at Hogwarts with Ron and Hermoine; not as a man who is approaching middle age…the man in the picture at right.

In part, I would guess this is because so much of the story of Harry Potter takes place during his youth. But another part is because as a society we are simply uncomfortable with aging. We like to hold youth up as the ideal – an ideal personified by the powerful, teenage wizard, Harry Potter.

I am 60 today.

As someone who can now be classified an ‘older woman,’ I am acutely aware of the many ways in which we are all are encouraged to avoid aging. Think of all the anti-aging creams, workouts, foods, etc., that fuel billions of dollars in industrial revenue.

However, we begin to age the moment we are born….there is a reason God has created us as beings who age, half the fun in aging is discovering what God is calling us to do with the wisdom we have been blessed with.

As a 60 year old woman, I believe I have earned the right to inhabit this body by accomplishing what I have as a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, a daughter and as a working, productive member of society.

Through both my successes and my failures I have gained knowledge, wisdom, and perspective. And I don’t want to give any of that away to the pursuit of youth.

60 is a comfortable place, if you allow yourself to be in it.