Monday, June 2, 2014

The Back Nine

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 vividly 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 grey. They move slower and I        see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me,        but, I 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 for sure, 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.

Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and        not pieces of gold and silver.



~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.

~~~But Old is good in some        things ~~~ Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS.

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