As we enter a new year, I got this email from a good friend we have known for a very long time, going on 51 years! Obviously my friend is like me, “of an age”. We are all experiencing our aches. pains, doctor trips, and more. But the piece I got was not about that, it was making sure that you got done in your life all you wanted to get done in spite of what hurdles are in your way. I really like it, and I hope that you will too. Take a look, it is titled “The Back Nine”
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 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 other people forgot they even knew
~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
~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 jewellery, 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.
~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!" 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.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
An Elderly widow and widower were dating for about five years. The man finally decided to ask her to marry him. She immediately said ‘yes’.
The next morning when he awoke, he couldn’t remember what her answer was. After about an hour of trying to remember to no avail, he called her.
Embarrassed, he admitted he didn’t remember her answer to the marriage proposal.
"Oh," she said, "I’m so glad you called, I remember saying yes to somebody, but I couldn’t remember who it was”!
Have a Great Day and be nice to everyone.