And then it is winter

> 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. 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 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 youth
> go?
>
> I remember well seeing older people through the years 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 grey…they move
> slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse
> shape than me…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!
> Cause 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, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure
> how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this
> earth…it’s NOT over. A new adventure will begin!
>
> 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 quickly. So, 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 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! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
>
> REMEMBER:…
> "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
> "LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!
>
> LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
> TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE
> SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
> ~Your kids are becoming you…
> ~Going out is good… Coming home is 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…
> ~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 … “what?”…“when?”… “what?” . ???
> ~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.
> ~Everybody whispers.
> ~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!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let
> them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
> It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of
> Life You Have Lived.

>

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