All Grown Up

Hello everyone,

 

I do apologize for not posting in here for a little over a month. It’s not that I didn’t want to – I actually had writer’s block. But alas, I am back! 🙂

 

 

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I got to go to the cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) with my in-laws. It was a lot of fun. Not only that, but I got to have shrimp at the Bubba Gump restaurant woohoo!! 🙂 🙂 I rarely get to eat shrimp and it was soooo amazing — essentially, I had the shrimp goodness that was stuffed in baked crab with creamy garlic sauce – yum!!

 

 

Okay anyway – it was a lot of fun. And as we returned to our normal lives, it got me to thinking that I’m really not as young as I used to be. Well, I’m 27, and that may still be young anyway, but to me, that’s 3 short years of turning 30. I’m seeing my parents and in-laws in a whole new light. I’m starting to realize that them and a lot of the elders I looked up to so much growing up are aging rather quickly, and although that probably sounds a little morbid, I have a point to all of this. My sisters are off to the personal lives, I’m watching more and more of my friends and people I knew growing up get engaged, get married, and / or have babies. The years are flying by so quickly, and it is rather depressing if you think about it. A thousand years may be like one day to God, and one day as a thousand years. Time may seem to tick by slowly, but in reality, the days are whizzing by and what is really sad, the lot of us are left with the stark realization that once we reach a certain age, we’ll reach retirement and then – then what? Many people just think that they will come to that point eventually and it’s too early to think about what will come. But they don’t stop to think about the fact that young people die every day and some without even reaching marrying age.

 

 

I bet you’re thinking – “wow, how morbid, I’m certainly not following this author girl anymore. She must have took an insane turn for the worse in the month that she’d left us….”

 

 

LOL – no.

 

 

My point to all of this is simple: treat every day like it is your last. I know, I know, it may sound a little cliché, but it really isn’t, if you think about it.

 

 

Let me come to this point in a different way. When is the last time that any of you watched a western movie? Like really watched it. Instead of being in awe over all of that cool and awesome gun fire and cowboys and cowgirls blah blah, have you wondered to yourself on how different life was for the “real” westerners back in those days? Aside from studying it in high school and college classes, have you really studied that history for yourself and counted your blessings because of the facts that you have found? Or have you took the time to sit down with your grandparents or someone in the nursing home, really sitting there beside them and talk with them? For someone whose life is now spent in a nursing home, a single conversation means more than you will ever know to them. Also, it’ll give you something to think about.

 

 

Because eighty or ninety years from now, that is where you and I will be – sitting in a nursing home, either beside your spouse or holding a picture of your late spouse, with kids and grandkids who may not visit as often as you’d like them to, strangers caring for you on a daily basis. And you will think to yourself, “wasn’t it just yesterday that my husband or wife and I were watching our kids play on the playground?” or “wasn’t it just yesterday that I was graduating from college with a degree and my parents stood there all proud,” and then realize how much you miss them. I know it is sad and rather depressing, but it is realistic and to many people, these kind of things don’t even cross their minds until they’re old enough to really understand it. Just today I went to the grocery store to pick up a box of allergy meds (harvest season always gets to my sinuses haha) and I looked up at the busyness of the store. Person after person stood in line impatiently, quickly scanning their items, leaving the store and getting on with their lives. Most probably without a single thought about God or about where their life will eventually lead.

 

 

Think about that, if only for a moment, today, folks. It may just change your life.

 

 

Have a great week, everyone 🙂

 

 

JMK 🙂

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