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AND THEN THEN IT IS WINTER

Friday, April 19, 2013

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!


"AND THEN IT IS WINTER"

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. 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 "13"


LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE
SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

~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 jewellery, you don't go anywhere to wear it.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots and it seems 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!!

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.


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GRAMMALORIE 9/3/2013 2:45PM

  This is my first day on Sparks and my first post. I'm comforted to know there are a few "oldies but goodies" in SparkPeople. Makes me feel that there's still time for me to improve the last 1/4 (or less) of my life and health.

This message was so beautiful and profound and I intend to share it with family and friends. (If I figure out how!) It really does sum it all up for me.

Hugs to all... Lorie emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 5/21/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon I really like this and will pass it on, if I may.....

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SHARON10002 5/4/2013 8:45AM

    Thanks so much for starting off my day with this! It's so very true. . .
Yesterday is but a memory, tomorrow bur a hope, and today is a gift - that's why it's called the present . . .


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SILVERANGEL6 4/22/2013 10:02PM

    emoticon for the reminder!!! very thought provoking...

Love & Light

Sylvia xoxo

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/22/2013 7:05PM

    anna thanks for a good blog i smiled the whole way through. you see i am 50 and still have half my life to go. there is so much i want to do #1 on list is to be happy so glad i have great people like you to share my great life. hugs

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/21/2013 6:35PM

    It is so true. If I had my life to live over I don't know that I would change much. I have done some amazing things and am not done doing them yet. I'm older but not old. LOL.

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-SHAWN- 4/20/2013 4:06PM

    Thanks for sharing gf, I miss you {{{HUGS}}}
PS:
"A new adventure beginning after my death" - That sounds scary...lol

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/20/2013 5:11AM

    Thank you for a special blog Anna! Food for thought indeed!

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SUSIEPH1 4/20/2013 1:58AM

    So thought provoking Anna,
I am at this stage now !! .
It makes me realise that every day with loved ones is a blessing, and to soon Winter will be gone.
Let us live each day with Love and Gladness and Hope for the Future .
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WENDYJM4 4/20/2013 1:13AM

    awesome but sad. It is really food for thought. What have I done with my life. Enjoy every moment that you can because one day we may not be able to enjoy. This is the sad part.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/20/2013 12:46AM

    That made me sad, yet it is a good thing to blog about to show life is important and live every moment to the fullest! I hate getting old! And I hate seeing friends and family getting old! It sucks! Because I have had a fairly good life and it is really hard to start experiencing those aches, pains, memory loss, etc. emoticon emoticon

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LADYMARCIA1 4/19/2013 11:54PM

    Wow, you got it all in! I figure I have about 10 more good years. So I intend to enjoy the heck out of them. Thanks for the words of wisdom! And words for thought.
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NORASPAT 4/19/2013 11:49PM

    OH ANNA, that is food for thought. Thought I never wanted to think about but it came through RESOUNDINGLY CLEAR.

Did I like it, not really.
Did I learn from it, only if I want to and of course I do!
I need to make our bucket list but alas just maybe it is already too late.
I really do not need a bucket list because I have a better list than travel or money. My bucket is filled with love. A weeks vacation is a drop in a bucket but the love of my DH and our son's love will last me forever.
I love the simple things, that way you are never disappointed.
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HAWTGRANNY2014 4/19/2013 11:47PM

    awesome. It was like listening to an old friend..comforting, warm and so true. I felt the same when I was younger but now that I am here...it doesn't seem so old.
To me I am about 3/4 of the way through so I have another 1/4 to go and that's not so bad. I lived, I loved, I laughed , I cried and I enjoyed holding my daughter and then each of my grandbabies in my arms and watched them all grow into strong adults. I played, I experimented and I am still learning...not so bad.
We all live life the best we can and hope when all is said and done that we left some mark of existence and some ray of sunshine for those we have touched.
Heres to many more years of love and wisdom. emoticon

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