What, besides wine, gets better and more valuable with age?
In an article by Jess Catcher the author lists 11 other interesting things that get better with age: whiskey, jeans, cheddar cheese, cast iron skillets, beef, balsamic vinegar, fine leather, pickles, flannel sheets, and seedlings. (Thumbnail Source: Pinterest).
Agree? Anything else that you might add?
Returning from a girls’ trip to Tucson with 4 of my dear high school classmates to celebrate a birthday, I’m reminded of just how precious life is.
After spending 3 fun-filled days with them, I would highlight two additional things that become more valuable as we age: time and friendship! (Maybe the author, almost 30, has not lived long enough to value these other two.)
Studies have shown that our happiness is in direct correlation with our social interactions.
Social interactions are paramount because friendships can add years to our lives and life to our years by creating meaningful connections.
A good friend can help us make it though this life by acting as a sounding board, solving problems dealing with loss, disappointment, doubt, confusion, parenting issues and divorce..all helping with depression.
A friend’s honesty can be priceless, helping us see clearly.
Friends can be role models uplifting us to be our best selves.
Through a sense of sharing and belonging our happiness soars. Our self-esteem grows.
These “friendship boots” are very difficult to fill, making friendship so precious and valuable, especially as the years tick away.
True friendships are rock solid, forever firm.
Time on the other hand is fleeting…If we waste it, we will never get it back.
The old saying is true: “Here today and gone tomorrow.”
Our time is limited. Not knowing exactly how much time we have, we value, savor, and cherish each minute of it.
When we lose someone we are hit hard with that reality realizing just how precious and how temporary our time together is.
Life is a gift and thus “present” is meant to be opened.
I sign off with famous children’s book and author’s quotes:
“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” (Charlotte, Chrolotte’s Web)
And the great author, Dr. Seuss, asked, “ How did it get so late so soon?’