This is long, but so true, it seems I am working toward it

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    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!! :wave:
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    so well written & so true! Thank you for putting words to my own feelings.
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    My mom always said growing old is not for wimps.
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    There are far too many things that are true in what you wrote. Things that I am going through and it isn't all fun and games.
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    The best is yet to come, MAMA..A very insightful post . I salute you as you enter your Winter, and I hope you will look forward to Spring as we travel similar paths.
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    Nice post mama, I really enjoyed reading it!
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    Time is quickly passing. I have an urgency to do the things I always wanted to do, but don't have the energy I used to have. Come on Gators and get better, I don't have forever!
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    God Bless you mama
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    Thank you Bill. I am sure a lot of fellow Gators can relate.
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    Good article.

    As friends and acquaintances younger than me pass I'm continually reminded to smell the roses and enjoy life while we can and to not sweat the small stuff.

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