A GREAT example is sleep! I spent most of my life being sleep deprived. From those exhausting teen years on, I NEVER got enough sleep. My mother was NOT one to allow extended stays in the bed. If she got up and went to work, we all got up. Then along came my first child when I was 19. We ALL know you can kiss sleep goodbye once you have children. I was smart enough to have three children in three different decades. That means MANY years of no sleep raising babies! Add to child rearing trying to work and you have a sure fire recipe for exhaustion--constant-mind numbing exhaustion. I spent a great deal of time day-dreaming about retirement and being able to sleep to my heart's content. Sadly--now that I can---I find I can't sleep. I have no problem going to sleep---it's staying asleep that is an issue. I have tried various remedies and occasionally resort to one in desperation, but from 2:00 AM on--there is a good chance you will find me wide awake. As for sleeping in--my brain is triggered by light---and with the first glimmer of light (and often the beginnings of daylight) the gun goes off and I am wide awake. Trying to stay there and go back to sleep does not work--I am tossing and turning and in fear of flinging myself off the high bed and breaking my old neck.
AND then there is traveling--taking long road trips--seeing the things I never had the time or money for. Oh I have PLENTY of time to spare to travel these days and when you travel with a group it is very affordable. The problem is my night vision is poor at best. IF I am driving in the city limits (LOTS of street lights) and on well marked roads at slow speeds, I am good. This makes me the hazard my own grandmother was in the small town I grew up in---she drove down the middle of the road at 25 MPH. EVERYONE knew to move over when Mama James was on the road. SO for some strange reason, they elect me to drive when we travel. That is great as long as we are off the road at dusk. No late night partying for this group! Add to this the confusion and indecision of a group of women trying to plan a trip and you have organized chaos. We are now in our 5th or 6th meeting for our next trip and still do not have plane tickets or places to stay--much less an itinerary. Lots of indecision!
It's a miracle we ever get where we want to go!
For the sake of brevity (and to avoid boring you out of your mind), I will conclude with food. Now that I have reached the age when I could eat anything and everything--(for after all who cares if an old lady is fat), I can't make a decision about what I want to eat most of the time. Having always dealt with food indecision, this is no new issue. BUT you remember my therapist friend's words---our crazies get crazier! Not only can I not decide upon where I would like to go out and eat (honestly--I DON'T CARE), but once I get the menu, I can't make a decision about what I want to eat. After choosing some random entree, I ALWAYS have food envy when I look on the plates of my fellow diners (well most of the time---who would EVER want liver!). Whatever everyone else orders, always looks better than my choice. And IF, I happen to think I will just order what they are having, it is always a huge disappointment. Add that to the fact that all that junk food I so loved most of my life, no longer rings my chime and there you have it- a sad state of affairs. Now that I can eat anything and everything---I find I can't find the stomach or desire to do so.
SO the morale of this story--DO IT NOW---BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Tomorrow may never come and even if you can--you may find you can't!
HMMM!--Have I exhausted the subject? If I even have a glimmer of an idea of anything else to write, I had better hurry before I find I can't remember the great topic I thought of for tomorrow. TOO LATE--it's already flown the coop!
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.