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Time Flies

Ann Stoll

Our wedding day. August 27, 1994 - 22 years ago

Our wedding day. August 27, 1994 - 22 years ago

Well look at me! I'm all of 29 and weighing 129 lbs soaking wet! Ha!

My, how things change.

My hair was dark as night, skin light and fair, and I had a nice long neck. Now-a-days, my hair is all gray, verging on going into white. It's pretty streaky. Let's admit, I could never squeeze into that dress ever again. Ever. The place where we got married, The Mill Race Inn, in Geneva, Illinois, is no longer. Gone are the gorgeous gardens. I don't know what's there now, since it's been a few years since I've been back to check it out.

Fast Forward 22 Years…

I'm a 51-year-old woman who thinks she's still 29. I love to have fun. I don't take myself too seriously and I will be the first to laugh at my mistakes and goofs.

Over the years, life has taught me much. I think I've reach the elderly, wise-woman stage in life. I'm okay with that; I have lots to offer younger women. I tend to catch people off guard with things I say and do, thinking I'm this serious person (I am when I need to be), strict (oh yes, that too), but once in a while they get to see this…

I don't know why, but I really love this photo!

I don't know why, but I really love this photo!

Wisdom comes with age — at least we like to think so. Young people should seek out an older person as a mentor to be a guide, someone to talk to about what's going on in their lives, because lemme tell ya, nothing surprises me.

I remember as a youth in my teens and 20s thinking old people were so naive. Boy was I ever wrong. Now that I'm on the older side of the spectrum (hey, let's go easy on the old person talk) I realize that there is nothing new under the sun. Bad attitudes, pride, addictions of all varieties, dating, divorce, kids, etc. has been around forever. It may change a bit, but it's still really the same.

We Need Each Other

Young people need the guidance of those who have gone before. Older people like to feel needed and want to share their experiences. If there is someone you think you would click with, approach them and have a chat about getting together on a regular basis. You will be amazed at the richness of that friendship.

Hanging with those of the same age, for the most part, doesn't necessarily force you to grow. The challenge comes when different generations come together in love and friendship.

The younger will challenge the older with what is happening in their lives. What I mean by challenge is, we will want to fix everything for you — but we won't. It's really good for you to go through what you’re going through. That's how you grow. It will frustrate us and probably break our hearts, but it's a good thing. Trust me. 

The older will challenge the younger in this very thing. We will push you to grow up and take responsibility for your actions and feelings. Or we may remain silent and just listen. 

Where ever you are in life, find someone of a different age to spend time with and mine the riches that are there for the taking. You won’t regret it!

Do You Have a Mentor?

I’d love to know if you have a mentor, someone older who is there for you, to guide you along life’s journey. Or, are you a mentor? Do you get together with someone younger and guide them through life, even if just by listening to them? Leave a comment and let us know!

(You can also hop over to our Facebook page and start a conversation there as well.)