Tuesday, November 04, 2014

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

My cousin e-mailed this to me.

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 of 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 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, what ever 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. 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 2015!

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, but your grandchildren are perfect!
~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?"... ???
~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 again.
~~~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.

3 comments:

Linda E said...

Oh my, this is so true. We laugh at each other when we have to finish the other's sentence. Names are a big thing too...know all about the person, just not their names. How we got to this stage so quickly is beyond reason, but we are doing all we can to enjoy life, while we still have it!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have lots of problems seeing faces of people I know. I last saw them ten, twenty years ago or longer and the only image I have is of them back then. I am always surprised to see someone today that I thought I knew when I was talking to them over the phone or remember them from school. Time changes everything.

Lady Di Tn said...

Wow!!! This truly hits the nail on the head. Next year I turn 65 and I have gotten more mail about that than I get in a year. I guess I need to just grasp the fact that I am heading for Medicare Hell. What I use to do in a day takes at least a week or so now. LOL