Sometimes wise words come from those you least expect. And many times those “wise words” come disguised in simplicity. As a matter of fact unless your ear is attentive to the tip, what may have been the word that could’ve turned your situation around may just be discarded as casual conversation. Wise words don’t have to be complex in nature in order to be true, as I learned from someone I used to know.
Rosie, everyone’s ugly at 80, …
is what my old boss, Karen, used to say. Now Karen said many things… but the only one that stuck with me was that one.
Everyone’s ugly at 80, huh? Yeah, I guess, but what makes this an eye opening statement?
Well by itself it’s not. That is, until you begin to consider…
This past Friday The Jensing and I attended a Billy Joel concert. I had been wanting to see him live for a long time and when I found out he was coming to town, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
As expected, he was nothing short of phenomenal! His band was top of the line, the stage was beautiful, his energy was incredible, but what impressed me the most was his voice.
Quite frankly, at 66 years of age, I was expecting the quality of his voice to be a little worn. As a matter of fact, during the show he made light of his age and joked about how hard it was to sing certain songs these days because of all the high notes he would have to hit. Not only did he hit those notes perfectly, but age was not a factor, and at 66 years old his G-d-given talent to sing and play the piano was sharper than ever.
Which brings me back to Everyone’s Ugly at 80. Billy Joel no longer looks like the days where he could easily pick up the Uptown Girl. Now, I’m not calling the man ugly, but I’m simply stating that age has taken its course (as can be expected).
Beauty is fleeting
is the way Proverbs 31:30 describes it. So as we advance in age, very few things remain. Face lifts, boob jobs, Botox, are just some of the things we rely on to improve and sharpen our appearance… that is if we can afford to.
Our physical bodies can’t help but to deteriorate, but the good news is that our G-d-given talent is one of the few things that will remain. These talents are given to us for the span of our lives and as opposed to our physical state can improve with every day that goes by.
So although everyone’s ugly at 80, if we take the time to sharpen that talent that is uniquely ours, just like the piano man, our gift will be the main attraction.
What is your main attraction?