Hi, I’m Adrienne. The other day my married friend Sandra said to me, “We are past our prime. It’s all downhill from here.” Maybe it’s easier for her to accept that because she’s married. I had to convince myself it’s not true, even if she didn’t believe me. My husband left me for a woman with flat abs. She has three children and flat abs. Sometimes life is not fair.
Okay, physically, yes, I will definitely admit my best days are behind me. The more years I’m alive, the more time gravity has to work on me. I’m not as fast and strong as I once was. My knee twinges every now and then when I’m carrying the laundry upstairs. No one’s carded me in years. More and more people call me “ma’am.”
Mentally, I’m not as with it as I used to be. It takes me longer to remember people’s names. I have to write down my grocery list or I’ll forget what I’m there to buy. I’ve started watching a movie or reading a book only to recall halfway through that I saw/read this one before.
But how about spiritually? I think I’m still a baby spiritually. There’s one thing you can’t get when you’re too young for it, and that’s perspective. Only the hard knocks of life smooth off your rough edges and make you realize what’s really important.
We live in a society that values youth and beauty, but I can’t help but admire wisdom and grace. As long as my smile lines outnumber my frown lines, I’ll be a happy woman. The abs, well… I need to work on that.
Thanks for reading. You can find out more about my post-married life in Giving Myself Away.
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