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Ralph
06-05-2013, 07:27 PM
A friend sent this to me, it is very true so I thought I would pass it along.

"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...its 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. It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

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.But old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, old friends."

mark s
06-05-2013, 08:48 PM
Reminds me of what an old farm neighbor once said. My first forty years was a good long time. The second forty has gone like.... (snaps his fingers).

Sawtooth
06-05-2013, 09:24 PM
Thank you, Ralph.

74 or more
06-06-2013, 06:31 AM
Very inspiring words. Thanks for posting that

COShunter
06-06-2013, 07:18 AM
Ralph, thanks for posting this. Yes time is passing much faster now than 40 years ago.

Philos
06-09-2013, 04:09 PM
Great post!

snakey2
06-10-2013, 11:51 AM
Thanks Ralph. Every day there is just a little less time left.

Treebeard
06-10-2013, 06:07 PM
Excellent post, and true. I tell my best friend often we need to do a lot of things we want to do before we get too old to do them. He is in denial that we age, but he will wake up one day and find out we 'shoulda'.

Ralph
06-10-2013, 06:23 PM
At 40 it is easy to say, "Well, I'll do that next year." Then you are 50, and 60 and suddenly you are 74 (as I am today) and wonder where all those "next years" went.

snakey2
06-11-2013, 01:53 PM
Was yesterday your birthday?

Ralph
06-11-2013, 02:14 PM
Yes it was, June 10.

MikeB1273
06-11-2013, 04:15 PM
Happy belated Birthday, I've enjoyed reading many of your posts. I'm glad you shared this with us.