I wish I never listened to people always saying the most negative things about aging.

How everyone wished they were younger.

How terrible it is to turn 40, 50, 60, 70, 80.

And maybe I still have to get to the number 50, but when I got to 40 I didn’t expect that having to work harder at my self, my body, my health and my emotional well-being would be a blessing in disguise.

Maybe my resilience came from having tragic experiences early on in life. Maybe I am skilled in riding the waves.

But honestly…I really wished people would keep their negative approach to being older to themselves.

I have loved aging.

Even though it comes with health problems.

For example my hair started to fall out….so instead of crying about it….I decided to chop it off and have a cut I’ve always wanted.

I was also diagnosed with severe life threatening sleep apnea and went on an unbelievable journey to hopefully find my way back to oxygen.

I have many other challenges, that all come from living on this earth longer. The longer we live the more times our heart will break.

The longer we live the more times we visit the hospital.

The more people we will lose.

The more times we will cry.

But you see….

I am a lemonade maker and so are you.

An ageless beauty.

A challenge master.

A resilient human.

A happy soul.

A driver.

Give me age.

Give me disease.

Give me a broken heart.

Give me grief.

Give me death.

And I will find my way around them.

I will find my way to a new landing.

A new learning.

A new way of living.

I am a lemonade maker and so are you.

And the older you get the better the lemonade gets.

Real lemonade making is about finding your way around the juice. I spend time looking at new clothes that will go with my new short hair cut.

I spend time finding the right meditation technique that will help me repair my nervous system so I don’t have panic attacks. I spend time blending my lemonade.

If I am lucky to live a long life the challenges will get harder, the skill of the lemonade maker will have to be refined.

The risk will be bigger.

The more years, the more blessings, the more beauty, the more sunrises, the more lemonade, the more cute haircuts, the more real friends, real conversations, the more life in the moment.

Every problem you have today may not have a solution, but it will have an avenue that will lead you to something you would not have experienced otherwise.

I hope you see yourself as a lemonade maker, a bull rider, a ship captain….a wave rider. (Click to Tweet!)

And I hope you get to be really old with a cute hair cut one day, holding a glass of lemonade in your hand.

With many lemons,