Bridges of Life

A bridge forms a connection between two things. Age can be represented as bridges in our lifetime.  Certain ages connect who we are to whom we will become.          

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Steven Minardi ( photographer ) 

In a lifetime if you are giving the blessing of living past your sixties.  ( I lost my father when he was 62) you most certainly have crossed quite a few bridges. 

  • Age 13 moves you from childhood to teenage years

  • Age 18 moves you from teenage to adulthood years

  • Age 40 moves you onto a path they call midlife years

  • Age 50-60 moves you onto a path of retirement years

Age can be represented as bridges in our lifetime. A bridge forms a connection between two things. Aww, the teenage years, for my generation and above that meant a little more responsibility. A time to still have a little youthful fun and show your parents the beginnings of being an adult. Then you close your eyes and the bridge changes to adulthood. Adulthood for some it meant college, for some, it means serving our country and possibly seeing wartime. For others, myself included it meant raising the next generation also known as your parents’ grandchildren.

Then you blink your eyes and the big forty arrives.  This bridge is a lot bigger to some than that bridge from childhood to adulthood. This bridge is where you begin to look back on past bridges and begin to attempt to figure out just who you are and what you have become. Are you happy with the answers or how do you improve yourself? Remember no one can change anyone except for themselves.  

Then all of a sudden you awaken from a nap and your on a bridge for the fifties and above, the very bridge your parents once crossed. You’re now the grandparents, you are the one talking about retirement or worse yet allowing some wrong lifetime decisions send you straight to the Dr. for unwanted news. Are you prepared to cross this bridge? Will you stop and repair the pieces? I sure hope so.

In conclusion, a bridge connects two things and Age is our way of moving from the bridge to bridge through our lifetime. Enjoy whatever age you are, and hold your head high if you are currently crossing a bridge. 

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