I’m not sure quite yet—we haven’t met—but I’m thinking I may know who you are. Because we need to stick together in this getting-older thing—let me tell you what I imagine is true about you.
I’m presuming that you’re a spiritual person. Maybe not all that religious, but still connected to some basic propositions about a worthwhile life: You’re not in charge of everything you see and you don’t deserve everything you get. You’re wiser than when you were young. You admit to the possibility that God knows and loves you. You haven’t given up on living with some kind of purpose—even though having a purpose at this stage in life can be hard to discern. You value forgiveness, hope, courage, confession, awe, humility, honesty, love and grace. You see God in others.
You’re old. (That’s a good thing!) You stopped trying to prove that you could cheat death by pretending to be young, all-wise or all-knowing. You’ve experienced more wonderful things in life than you could pack into a gazillion stories. Your body isn’t working as well as it used to—we’ll talk about that eventually—but it’s still working well enough.
You’re still feeling young inside your head. You’re curious, interested in life around you, thinking new thoughts and asking harder questions, many of them spiritual. You see through scams and fads, empty promises and empty people. Your mind works better than when you were stressed and harried during your earlier adult years. You’re smart in ways that are hard to put into words. You see what others miss.
If I’m right, it’s possible that we can understand each other here. I want to write what makes sense for the kind of person you are.
And if I’m misjudging you, forgive me!