Want What You’ve Got! (milepost)


Highway sign for Uno, Kentucky

(Photo credit: RyanDianna)

You know you are getting old when people call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?”

You know you are getting old when you have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

You know you are getting old when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of by the police.

You know you are getting old when there are fewer things you are willing to wait in line for.

You know you are getting old when you actually want socks for Christmas.

You know you are getting old when you tend to repeat yourself.

You know you are getting old when you tend to repeat yourself.

All joking aside, age is a milepost we aren’t likely to avoid as long as we’re breathing. And in spite of the terrifically bad rap that the aging receive, most of us would agree that the wisdom our age has earned us is worth every mile traveled.

My husband’s work requires a lot of time on the road. His emails and text messages are a daily reminder of the role played by mile markers on our highways when they indicate the location of a rollover, hazardous chemical spill or damaged guardrail. This past weekend a message came in noting a fatality at milepost such-and-such, and of course my road-minded partner knew just where the accident took place. And of course the news gave us pause and served as a reality-check… one day we, too, will reach the final milepost on these roads of age and life and experience.

But until that day, we keep on driving (or being towed, I guess, depending on the condition of the vehicle we’re in).

In terms of age, you have just passed or are approaching another milepost today. We share the road with others who are all over the map when it comes to their location in relationship to ours. Those behind us may drive faster and sportier cars, but they too will one day reach the milepost we’re at. Those ahead of us may drive with their blinkers on for miles at a time (with no intention of changing lanes), but one day we will find ourselves in the place where they are and we will better understand how turn signal etiquette can take a back seat to the more pressing issues that cling to the aging like magnets.

No matter which milepost you’ve most recently put behind you, Want What You’ve Got on the pavement you’re on!

There are older folks who need your energy and enthusiasm for living to rub off on them – so be lively!

There are younger folks who need your wise counsel and calm demeanor to give them hope – so be available!

There are others nearby who are lonely and road-weary, in desperate need of a companion for their journey – so join a caravan or pick up a hitchhiker and make the most of this adventure we’re on!

You know you’re getting old when you realize you wouldn’t trade your wisdom for youth, even with a Dodge Challenger thrown in to sweeten the deal. Want What You’ve Got at the milepost you’re at – and make the most of your road trip today!

Daily Questions: What words would you use to describe your life’s adventure thus far? Bumpy? Detoured? Lots of road construction? Too many setbacks, speeding tickets, photo-radar encounters? Or has it been one heck of a ride? How can your journey be leveraged to assist other motorists on the road? Are you willing to stop and help those who have been sidelined on the shoulder? Can you make room for a passenger or two? Maybe your expertise is exactly what is needed to jump-start the life of fellow travelers today!





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