Reflections! Are They The Golden Years?

Are They The Golden Years?
By William L. Bulla

The senior years are thought to be the golden years in life, however this may not be true for all seniors. Some seniors may experience an ongoing, or dramatic, decline in health. These health issues can include serious behavioral problems, as well as, physical problems.
An old saying states: "that with age comes wisdom" - a benefit for sure. But, it can also come with a lot more than that. From forgetting names and misplacing items to struggling with simple financial calculations, age can take a toil on the brain and the quality of life.
Recently, a friend and I were discussing health issues we are experiencing during our so-called "Golden Years." That's when we realized "all that glitters is not gold." We suggested maybe they should be called the "Rusty Years." Old-age is often dreaded by most people because it usually means loneliness, physical decline, and inactivity. Some tend to lose their enthusiasm for life and spend too much time in fruitless reminiscing and self-pity.
I don't believe I am in that group. I know I am restricted in many activities because of age. Occasionally, I experience a "Senior Moment" when I forget a name or why I walked into another room, but eventually I remember. The spirit may be willing, but the body won't cooperate. Yet, it is a reality of life. All of us grow old. All of us experience limitations in what we can do.
The difference, in making that transition with grace from that active age to the "rusty years", is being prepared. We must know what's coming and recognize it as another list of transitions we have to make in this life. It is an acceptance that life, as God has given us, is a gift, and every season can be filled with His wonder and beauty.
Yes, it is a fact that the later years of life are more tarnished than golden. We come to realize that human effort alone cannot save us. Faith certainly has a role to play in our latter years. As we experience rejection from our normal way of life, we must embrace God's acceptance of us. We know what it is to rely on God's grace. Our prayer becomes that of the psalmist," In you O Lord, I take refuge...Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone."
Robertson McQuilkin wrote: "God planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary so we'll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty that is forever."
Yes my friends, it may not be easy, but the so-called "golden years", rusty as they may seem, are coming . . . to all of us.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.