This week, as we have been dealing with the passing of my father-in-law, I have been contemplating the various stages of life.
When I was in my 30’s, I thought I understood life….the cycle of life, that is. We had young children, we had an active family life, we had careers. Our parents were alive. “We” were 3 full generations, and it seemed like I just “got it.”
But as our children grew up and had children of their own, our family joyfully grew to four generations. My husband and I assumed the role of grandparents, we stepped from one stage of life into another. Life changed. It was even richer.
As the years passed, I lost both of my parents, and my husband lost his Mom. And last week his Dad. Our family is back to 3 generations, but now my husband and I are the oldest generation in our family…… Yet another season of life for us.
As I think about all of this, I wonder if I took the time to fully enjoy each step of the way. I would like to think so. But if I were honest I would say probably not. Sure, at times I was focused on where we were in life, but at other times I was looking either forward or backward.
I know there will be more seasons in my life. But as I have journeyed from one season to another and have witnessed the passing of an entire generation in our family, I think I finally do get it.
Each season of life has its own joys and rewards; it’s own lessons to teach. “Taking pleasure in the delights of your age, whether you are in your 20s, 40s, 60s, or 80s, can help you see the magnificence and usefulness of the complex seasons of your life.” (Madisyn Taylor).
I witnessed this in my father-in-law. He enjoyed life, no matter how young or old he was. He taught me this lesson.
Because of him, I am passionately dedicated to enjoying the phase of life I am in now.
In honor of Colonel Richard G. Schulz, U.S.A.F. Ret.