When we have been through the experience of Menopause we can understand the Highs and Lows that are experienced, and we can share them with our younger friends when they ask us just what the symptoms are and how we managed to live through them, with good humor and kindness.
Here is a complete list of typical symptoms, although most do not experience them all, and some may not even notice any of them.
Hot flushes; Urinary problems; Mood swings; Sweats, especially at night; Weight changes; Headaches; Lack of energy; Forgetfulness; Palpitations; Bone pain; Sparseness of pubic hair; Increase of facial hair; Loss of fatty tissue in breast, hips and genital area; Vagina becomes shorter, narrower; Less lubrication during sex; Dryness of the vagina; Itchiness of the vulva and vagina; Sensation of ants crawling under the skin; Constipation or diarrhoea; Irritability; Depression; Sleeping problems; Giddiness; Breathlessness; Ear noises; Dry flaky skin; Dry hair; Bloatedness; Phobias; Decline or increase in libido; Loss of self-control;Tingling and numbness in fingers.
To some women, the onset of Menopause is a worrying, or even frightening prospect — the “decline of years”, the “downhill slide”.
This is an attitude that needs to be rejected, because Menopause when not viewed negatively is a blessing.
It is a new start, not an end in itself.
In times gone by, grey hair and wrinkles were a sign to the young that “this person deserves to be respected”.
And this is the right view we need to have today of our Older Generation.
Today, so much of our media focuses on the pursuit of youth and beauty, as if it were the total goal of existence.
Stories of women and their “successful” facelifts. Advertisements offering us hair dye and age & wrinkle reducing creams and also the value of exercise and never ending diets, and the magic of Vitamins and tablets to keep us fit and youthful both in mind and body.
And yes, we can take advantage of some of these things, and they may sometimes be of help and benifit us to some degree.
But remaining youthful and fit must never be our whole focus and passion, because true beauty comes from within and this should be our goal.
Some jokes which are meant to be funny, are really putting the aged down and get us to laugh at the symptoms of the senior years that may be sometimes part of the ageing process in our physical bodies too, the loss of memory, the decline of physical ability, and the loss of “youthful good looks”.
Yes, we laugh at these jokes, but inside we store them in our souls as a warning system that the senior years are something to be either laughed at or afraid of, and this is negative and not true .
We can accept our wrinkles, grey hair and age spots without fear that they devalue us. They are the roadmaps of life a sign that we are travelling the road that God laid out for us in the beginning, because our time on this earth is in His hands.
Age is in the Heart, not the body. It is a matter of the Spirit, not the years we have lived.
Although through these years we can gain something that is far more valuable, and offers the world far more than just a pretty picture…
Godly wisdom, knowledge, experience, kindness, compassion and understanding.
And although the young can share their enthusiasm and passion with us, which we sometimes loose, aren’t they, like most of us, in desperate need of God’s Leading and Provision in their lives.
The advance of years is Not something to be feared or regretted.They are not a step down, but rather they can be a change to a higher level of our understanding when we can appreciate and share the more important values of life and enjoy more fully the blessings we have been given.
It is a time when, because of all the years we have lived, and the experiences we have gathered, we are able to share with others and be of assistance to those who want the benefit of Godly knowledge and wisdom that God has given us and continues to give those who seek Him…
These give meaning and purpose to all we have lived through, good and bad.
Yes, we can no longer move around as fast as we use to, but now, on our journey, we can stop and smell the roses, which means to appreciate and acknowledge our wonderful Creator and take a long, hard and admiring look at the beauty that He put there for us to see, that the wordly passions and the hustle and bustle of youth may have denied us.
The butterfly flitting from flower to flower.
The bird singing in the tree.
The rainbow after the storm.
The warmth and Joy of Loving relationships
and so much more…
All the things that we can now take the time to appreciate and be thankful for.
On our journey of life…
We take along a travelling Companion, and Guide.
God is with us every step of the way. He knows us and waits for us to seek Him with all our hearts, repenting and asking forgiveness.
Then He forgives, restores and continues to share our journey, and as we seek His Leading and Guidence through Each and Every day. He continues to give us His Love, Joy, Peace and Hope and in Jesus we have His Rest.
God is Always by our side. And with Him at our side, there is Never anything to fear.
Psalm 92:14 They shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing- (K.J.V)