In 1974 the National Maximum Speed Law began being enforced. It was drawn up due to the 1973 oil crisis and oil price spikes and the supply disruptions. Oh I didn't even have my licence yet but still remember the grumbling and complaining and of course Sammy Hagar of Van Halen wrote a song and it was an instant hit titled "I Can't Drive 55".
41 years later why do I have that song in my head. Just over a month ago I turned 55 and its been the strangest age up to date. I know how to be 35 and I think I even know how to be 75 but not 55. Its kind of like that awkward age of adolescents. When you want to play with paper dolls but you really need to be learning to shave your legs without taking all the shin-skin off. Yeap, been there, done that, have the scars to prove it.
In 1990 my favorite song was "You've Got to Stand for Something" written and recorded by Aaron Tippin. In the song he recalls the life lessons taught to him by his dad, who told him he should stand up for his moral convictions. I remember that was a "Fist Pumpin" song in 1990 and everyone "Amen'd it" and agreed with it. I wonder if it would be a hit today and how many would really agree they needed to stand up for their convictions. And do they even do that anymore.
Trying to drive my life at 55, I feel such a desire to stand up for my convictions than ever before. Maybe its because realistically, my days are growing shorter and I want to leave a positive influence on my life, that I did stand for what I believe, I wasn't a puppet. That when my 55-Plus season of life started in December 2014, I tried my best to obey this scripture.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
After just a month into my 55 speed limit age, I am finding it is hard. Temptations are in every direction, I am being labeled, I am being accused, I am being avoided. And this is nothing new, this is things I learned as a child and I am so ashamed that I left them on the side of the road till I got up to 55 MPH. I have ask my Jesus to forgive me and to anyone that has seen that ugly side of me, please know I am sorry but I am now forgiven.
I reckon I better buckle up, I think the next 11 months are going to be curving, steep and slippery while I try to drive this age 55. Please pray for me and know that my desire is to be pleasing to my Heavenly Father and make a difference on this old planet earth.
Var--ooooom....here I go.....55.....till next time.