Old Friends On the Back Nine…

 

AND THEN IT IS  WINTER

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The Blind Hog Blogger

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!!! ~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!!

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.

don Penven

Don Penven
Freelance Writer

 

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