Having made the leap over the 50 hurdle, it is good to summarize the lay of the land on this side of the mountain. There are so many pluses to the jump I hardly know where to begin.
First of all, the grass is greener, the cup is half full instead of half empty, and I really believe the best is yet to be.
My real wonder years were not filled with awe and amazement about life. They were filled with insecurity, disbelief in the goodness of God, and negativism. Those pre-adolescent years were not wonder years for me at all.
I would call 50 plus the wonder years. I have lived long enough to take pleasure in small things, to understand that I will make it through the catastrophic events of life, to enjoy giving rather taking, to laugh and cry, to work hard and play hard, and generally to embrace the sage wisdom of Solomon: “To everything there is a season.”
Fifty is a great season. Everyday is filled with the joy of the moment and the serendipity of tomorrow.
Now I don’t live in a perfect world, and I am not without problems nor have I arrived; but there are a few things that others have passed on to me that have made my life wonderful.
1) Another proverb of Solomon says, “Pride comes by contention,” so if there is contention in my life, I know to check my pride level and take whatever steps necessary to correct it. Often this is painful but fruitful.
2) Gratefulness to God and those around me is foundational for a happy life.
3) God really answers prayer.
See in my wonder years, I knew these things; but I did not believe them. But now I believe them and apply them.
And yes, the foundation of these philosophies are biblical and counter culture; but they bring contentment. Maybe the world would call me weak, and I would agree. Without the biblical foundations and the power of God, I am weak, hopelessly weak.
I have a dear friend in Cyprus who is just stepping over into the 50s. I am thinking of her and cheering her on as a champion as she takes the leap. I believe the best it yet to be for her, and I get excited thinking about all the good things stored up for her.
Yes, I consider the 50 plus years to be the wonderful, awesome, amazing and real wonder years.
Every day just astounds me!