And Then it's Winter
And it's winter before we know it....
You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all... And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is.. the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise.
How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?
I remember so well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were so many years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is... my friends are retired and really getting gray. They move slower and I see an older person now. Lots of them are in better shape than me, and some are not.
But, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...it's mandatory! Because if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!
But, though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last, I do know, that when it's over... its over.
Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet, let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think.
So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!!
Life goes by so very quickly. Do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life so, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember. And hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!
Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
Live it well !
Enjoy today !
Do something fun !
Be happy !
Be thankful !
Today is the oldest you have ever been, yet it is the youngest you will ever be again.
Enjoy this day while it lasts.
Your kids are becoming you.
Going out is good but coming home is even better!
You forget names but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you !
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything - especially golf but you don't care because you still have fun.
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.
You tend to use more 4 letter words like "what?" "when?" "where?"
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless" !
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet - 2 of which you will never wear.
But old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS !
Stay well, "Old Friend!"
Share this with other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in agreement !
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tell what kind of life you have lived.
Scatter away and enjoy the seasons of your life !