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17 November 2012

Winter of My Life

A friend sent this to me a short while ago so I thought I would share it with you

Winter of My Life


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.
And 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 seeing people through the years 
and thinking they 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...
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 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!

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!
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.
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 to promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...
So, live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to remember
And hope they appreciate and love you for all the things 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.

And, Remember ~
"It is health that is real wealth
And not pieces of gold or silver."





9 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice gentle reminders on the things that are important...all we have is this moment to make the most of...life is a gift...smiles.

Mel said...

Sitting here with my cuppa coffee--I'll try not to get too reflective. But I do hear the message and the tinge of sadness.
There are wondrous things about coming to know the winter--some liberating and peace filled things. Those are things I embrace with a grateful heart.

Lovely piece, this one. Thanks for passing it on to us.

Valerie said...

Absolutely, Brian.

Akelamalu said...

Oh yes,I'm in that phase now but I refuse to lie down and I'm enjoying every minute while I can! :)

Valerie said...

Good for you, Pearl. It's no good sitting down and waiting for it to hit us ... smiles.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

I am doing my best Valerie.

Star said...

So true Valerie. I think we spend too much of our time planning for the future instead of enjoying the present. It's a lovely piece of writing.

Montanagirl said...

I'm back....I'm a bit stressed. Still not done with Medicaid paperwork. Love your post today. Very eloquent and very true!

Lea said...

I love this piece, Valerie. Thank you for sharing. A beautiful reminder to live life to the fullest. We must live in the present and live each day as if it was the last, as they say.