I’ve had several interesting things happen to me lately. The first was traveling with my family to Santa Cruz, California. I found, when I was there, that I was looking at people in various places who had greying hair and wondering if I went to school with them.
I might only be able to recognize someone if I have seen them on Facebook. It has been a very long time since I lived in Santa Cruz; 1980 to be exact. While in Santa Cruz, I found that my mind was full of memories from the time that I lived there. They were mostly childhood memories and now I was looking at grey haired people with the thought that I could identify them, had they been my classmates. I was looking at grey haired people……OH!……that makes me one of those people!
Where did the time go? I still feel young, and I still remember being young. I still love wandering the tidepools. My body feels older but my mind feels young. That’s probably true for all those grey haired people I was looking at. They probably wonder, “How did I get here?”
Another interesting thing that has been happening to me is that every time I shop at Lunardi’s Market in Walnut Creek, they stop and look at me and give me a senior discount. They don’t even ask if I’m a senior! What age is a senior anyway? I turn 60 tomorrow and I don’t think I look my age. What is happening to me? I want to be clear about something…..this age thing just creeps up on you and you don’t even see it coming. Our children look at us and think that we don’t move as quickly as they remember us moving when they were kids. The thing is, our minds are still moving, just at a different pace then our bodies are. We know that they will find out our secrets soon enough, and then our time spent with them now, will seem to make more sense.
Have you ever noticed how the sky changes color before the sun begins to set? On certain days, it seems to lose its color before the glorious colors of the sunset show themselves.
So, even though some of us may look like we are losing our color, it is possibly our most colorful time of life. We are not unlike this pier that has accumulated much as it holds the wharf up. If you look at it closely, you will find a beautiful sight. Long story short, it is not too late to follow your dreams…..even if your hair is turning grey.