Saturday, February 7, 2009

Beyond! Beyond What?

My husband held up his Men’s Health magazine and pointed out the title of an article, “How to look your best in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond”. Beyond! At 50, 51 for my husband, we apparently no longer warrant a decade distinction, we are simply “beyond”, but beyond what? Obviously we are beyond our 20s, 30s and 40s, but perhaps we are also beyond some of the worries of those decades. Perhaps we have found careers that are meaningful. Perhaps we have dispensed with petty disagreements with family and friends. Perhaps we have learned that relationships are the cornerstone of our joy. Perhaps we have realized that there is always so much more to learn, to see, to enjoy. Perhaps we now know that beyond is not really beyond, old is not really old, until you make it so. I like to think that “beyond” can mean some things are behind us, but ahead there’s still so much opportunity. I think that’s what Buzz Lightyear meant when he said, “To infinity and beyond!” I’ll make that my rallying cry!

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