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, dashing in my new military uniform, could leap tall building in a single bound and all that stuff….Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all… I have glimpses of how it was back then and vague memories of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is… the winter of my life and its’ caught me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go? Where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people then and thinking that those older people were 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 getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some in worse shape than I … but, I see the great change…they’re not the persons that I remember who were young and vibrant… 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 accomplishment!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Because if I don’t do it on my own free will… I’ll 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 at least I know that although winter has come, (and I’m not sure how long it will last)… this I know…when it’s over on this earth… it’s over. A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, and some things that I did do and should have done more frequently…but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.
So, if you’re not fully aware or the onset of 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! Life goes by all too soon. Do what you can today, because you can never be sure how long your winter will last. You have no guarantee that you will even see all the seasons of your life… so, live for today and say all the things that you want your friends and 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. So live it well! Enjoy today! Do something fun and be happy!
And most of all, remember…health is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Above all, keep this in mind…today is the oldest you’ve ever been…but the youngest you’ll ever be. So enjoy this day while it lasts!
Going out is good…but coming home is better! You forget names… But it’s OK because sometimes the other people will forget they even knew you! You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything… (especially golf) and the things you used to care about doing you no longer care to do…and briefly, (but only briefly) you care that you don’t care to do them anymore anyway. 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 four-letter words like …what?”…”when?”… ?
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is two sizes smaller than it used to be.
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
Everybody whispers. Why don’t they speak up?
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet… 2 of which you will never wear again.
But “Old” is good in some things: old songs, old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!!
But always remember…
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you’ve lived.