Dear Florence,

If I’m gone tomorrow, remember age really is nothing but a number.

Last night, Daddy asked you if you would love him when he’s an old man. You simply said, “nope!” Which made your dad sad for a moment. Then you thought about it. You hugged him tight and very dramatically said, “I don’t want you to be an old man!” He is always good on the spot. He said, “don’t worry we all grow old a little bit each day and you won’t even notice.” To your dad, age really is just a number without much weight to it. Your experiences and phases of life, age you more than the number of years you’ve been on Earth.

When we ask how old you are, you’re response is “2 old” and you hold up two fingers. And I always say, “yes, you are too old.” I’ve always been more sentimental with age and growing older. I remember vividly being anxious about turning 30. Now looking back, I’ve realized I was more anxious about the things I wanted to accomplish by age 30 rather than the number itself. Even as a preteen, I hung out with teenagers and would act as a teen. I have always either tried to move onto the next phase of life while at the same time, I’ve tried to avoid growing older. I need to learn to live in the moment and not focus on the next age or phase or event that happens. Enjoy every phase of life. Don’t try to rush through each phase. Be a kid. Be a teenager. Be a young adult. Be an adult. Enjoy every age and phase.

But if there comes a day, when you are anxious or feeling bad about your age, it’s only natural. Try to remain calm. Think about all of the things you’ve accomplished. Don’t get hung up on growing older. Age gracefully. Take it one day at a time. We have no control over time. We have control over the moment you’re currently in. Relax and enjoy the ride. 

Daily prompt -age

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