Saturday, May 17, 2014

THE BACK NINE HOLES

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
back nine 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 I was only on the
first hole and the back nine 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 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
become. 


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 I’m on the back nine, 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
on the back nine 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 you’re on
the back nine 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 2014! 


LASTLY, CONSIDER THIS: 
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 some people forgot they even knew
you!!! 

You realize
you're never going to be really good at anything like
golf.  The things you used
to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore, but
you really do care that you aren't as
interested. You sleep better on a
lounge chair with the TV 'ON' 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?"...
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. 


TODAY IS THE OLDEST
YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS. 


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