August has been a very enlightening, interesting month to say the least. First off, I had the privilege of turning 65. I say privilege, as I know a lot of people who have not made it to this age. However, I do not know how this happened, as I certainly don’t think I am that age. I remember thinking 65 was really, really old. Amazingly, now I am that age it really isn’t that old anymore. I guess the saying, “in the eyes of the beholder” makes a ton of sense.
For those that know me, you know I like challenges, working through them and moving on to the next level. Well, I accepted a challenge that is certainly taking me way out of my comfort zone and forcing me to ask for help. The asking for help personally is a struggle for me. This has been one of the areas I have been working on and this challenge has put me into the ‘help zone’ right away. The ones I have asked to help have been amazing, and I am very grateful to them.
I have been asked to help an organization fundraise. Now that doesn’t sound so bad except I hate asking people to give money. I always feel everyone is constantly being asked for this or that and we should just give freely to whom and what we choose. However, this organization is one that I knew little about until they came asking for help. I feel very privileged to live in Canada and the wonderful province of Saskatchewan. When we travel and I share the positives of our province people are amazed and can’t believe it exists. First, we have over 100,000 lakes, we are a bit larger than the state of Texas, we have sand dunes like the Sahara Desert, we have waterfalls and we only have a little over 1 million people in population. It is amazing, isn’t it?
However, the downfall is we have a lot of areas that are remote and away from any form of emergency help. And that is why I volunteered to help raise funds for the organization that helps provide the emergency help needed for these areas. It certainly is a worthy cause and has been good for me to do something I don’t like or want to do.
What have I learned from all of this? Well, first we are never too old to be pushed out of our comfort zone. Depending on who is doing the pushing and why, it will end up being a good learning experience. It helps to prepare us for the challenges that life and living throws at us. People are more than willing to help, you just have to ask them.
The other thing is; age is irrelevant. It is how you feel, and what you choose to do with the years you are given. Enjoy the process – it is extraordinary!
“Age is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should be.” David Bowie