ROADS WELL TRAVELED
Observations and Conversations
By: Mike Jaroch
“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” Satchel Paige
Birthdays come and birthdays go. No big deal. Then comes along the “Milestone” birthday. You know, 13, 21, 30, 40, 50, 65, etc., etc. If we’re fortunate, we been through many of these, and so it was for me recently. It was my turn to celebrate the milestone of 75!
And how about you? Any milestones coming up for you soon?
As for my very significant birthday, the date was made to standout, be more spectacular, more meaningful because my family and friends all joined together to celebrate the occasion with me and at a very special place, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We spent a week there enjoying each others’ company, telling stories, having fun, living large and loving life. On one memorable evening, they threw a bit of a bash for me. So, needless to say, there were many positives that came along with my turning 75.
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” Aldous Huxley
The location was great! After all, is there any better therapy than the ocean and walks on a beautiful beach? Not in my mind.
Time with family and friends the best. When I would be asked what I wanted for my birthday, my answer was always the same. Seeing my five grandsons together, laughing so hard, was the only gift I really needed to make the day perfect!
Happy to report that I received that gift over and over again all week long. My lovely wife, God bless her, put a great deal of effort into planning most every detail of the week. I know she lost sleep thinking, maybe over thinking, about every possible aspect of every day. Kudos to her that it all came together in such a grand fashion. The place, the boys, family, friends, great food, fun, etc., etc., were all so special. What lingers and penetrates most deeply into my soul, however, is the simple truth that I have been blessed beyond all measure and must now give back, as best I can, to as many as I am able to reach from this day forward.
I honestly believe that anyone who reaches the milestones of “senior citizenship” has much to share, teach, give back. No exalted status is required. Just you and the joy, pain, and wisdom that’s been acquired as you have worked to “run through the tape of life.”
“Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Francis Bacon
So pay attention and take note as the years unfold, then give back as best you can. You will enjoy the smile and look of contentment you see looking back at you in the mirror.