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HOW DID WINTER GET HERE SO SOON?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Feeling a little nostalgic today and this email from an "old" friend of mine really hit home. So please read it all even though it is a little long. Remember, if you are not in your winter, you will be sooner than you think.

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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.

THIS IS A LONG ONE, BUT WORTH READING.....

You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. 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 of 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...itís 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

LIVE HAPPY IN 2013! 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.

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.

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.!!!

Cheers to all, Frank
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DIANNEMT 9/27/2013 9:49PM

    Thank you for sharing this--I visited your page, saw this and read it today. I am 56--so I AM one of those people I used to think of as "old"--but I'm still very young (well, mid-30s) in my head--and I feel better now than I did then--funny what getting into shape will do!!

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REXTINE1 7/17/2013 5:15PM

    That's a blog I didn't need. My youngest brother just died, and my wife is now younger than my mother was when she died. We have enough money - but not enough energy to do a lot of things that used to be fun - so we just enjoy what we can.

Hope you had a good day.

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KATHIC2 7/14/2013 4:49PM

  Very touching and thought provoking. Not sure what to do with how I feel, but I will try to be inspired to get out there and live.

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AMARANTHAQ 7/6/2013 10:10AM

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Yes, winter is surprising when it arrives.

But it is all good, isn't it?

Enjoyed reading this.

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KMACINLOVE 6/21/2013 10:23AM

    Thank you some much for posting this. I is t so incredibly beautiful. I hope you don't mind if I post it on facebook. Thanks, Keith

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LINDAM.1 6/18/2013 10:25PM

  Thanks' for sharing.

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JOYB19 5/30/2013 6:59AM

    Thank you for sharing! There aren't enough hours in the day or years of life to pack in everything I want or have the resources to do. It's so hard to choose wisely!!!!

Have a great weekend!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/30/2013 1:07AM

    Makes you appreciate life much more! Wish I had started to appreciate a healthier lifestyle many, many years ago. But, better late than never. SP has helped me appreciate so many things better than I used to and seeing blogs like this is really special! Thanks Frank. Hope you are feeling better these days! Keep sparking!! emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 5/26/2013 1:53PM

    Ah yes, *that* winter. When I saw the title, I wondered what someone living in the Arizona desert was doing posting about winter being here!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/25/2013 10:19AM

    thank you such a bittersweet post, a reminder to live with NO regrets! emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/25/2013 3:55AM

    Lots to ponder in this blog. Some days I can't figure out how I got so old! Most days, though, I'm at peace with myself. Love the line: "Today is the oldest you've ever been and the youngest you'll ever be." So true, and worth keeping in mind.

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123ELAINE456 5/25/2013 2:26AM

  Awesome!!! Thank You for sharing this with us. Oh so True. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GOODGETNBETR 5/25/2013 12:07AM

    Great reminder to make it happen today because tomorrow isn't promised.

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DOVESEYES 5/24/2013 11:48PM

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VAMPYRE03 5/24/2013 11:30PM

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! I'm going to post it on my facebook page if you don't mind, cause well it's all true!!!! I thought it was just me... I feel like I'm losing time... I feel like things are more urgent now... I'm only 32, but I feel like I'm 82, and I don't know why... I look at my friends, and they all have seemingly more fulfilling lives, with husbands and kids, and homes, and tones of debt, and I'm like... well I just got over the traveling bug in my 20's and now I'm learning that I need to start saving for retirement, I talk about it with my friends, and they look at me like I'm crazy... a lot of times I hear... How'd you pay off your credit card??? How'd you learn to budget? I feel like if I don't start now I'll never have what I want, and at the same time I feel like I've lost so much time already!!! I'm behind somehow... I'm still floundering when I need to start swimming... I feel my winter coming, and by all accounts I'm still only in my summer.. I think I may be head of the curve based on this post, due to my feeling of urgency to experience life to my fullest... others just don't seem to understand... I also think that I need to slow down a bit, to enjoy the journey more ... Thank you for sharing!!!!

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MICKEYH 5/24/2013 11:21PM

    Thank you for sharing this E-mail from your friend. I really appreciate this great advice.
I shall live my life fully before my Winter sneak on to me. Have a nice memorial weekend.
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PJBONARRIGO 5/24/2013 9:31PM

    Truer words were never spoken. Congrats on a great and thought provoking blog! A long time ago, I figured out that youth is wasted on the youth LOL Enjoy today everyone! Thanks Frank! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/24/2013 8:02PM

    So lovely and SOOOO true. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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FUNLOVEN 5/24/2013 8:01PM

    Loved this! I even chuckled at some of it (probably because it was so close to home ). I will be 62 this year. That is old to some and young to others. I don't "think" I am old, but my body is beginning to tell me otherwise. When I am with my father who is 86 I always need to remind myself - "Now be patient. You too will by old like this some day". Can't say that I'm looking forward to it at this time of my life. Thanks for sharing.

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JUMPINJULIE 5/24/2013 7:58PM

    Great blog thank you for sharing and the reminder.

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REMEMBER2BME 5/24/2013 7:56PM

    Outstanding blog. Thanks for sharing it.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2013 5:37PM

  Wow! I needed this today for sure. My DD is graduating High School on 9 June and herfuture is wide open! Even @ 59, I feel like my future is wide open, too, to whatever I determine is best for me. So,finding contentment in each da. Making the best of each day. DEFINITELY!

Thank you for a fabulous blog.

Have a wonderful Meorial Day Weekend. A wonderful time to ponder our life's accomplishments and think of what we want our futr to be!

HGUS

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3016DEBRA 5/24/2013 5:12PM

  So true....enjoy everyday! Life is a gift emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM 5/24/2013 5:09PM

  Just adding a PS----

I had to smile about the simple knobs that were "on" and "off"--- & volume.

( I did not need an instruction manual for those knobs-- ha!)

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JACKIE542 5/24/2013 4:48PM

    I love this. It is so true. I will remember today is the oldest I have even been yet the youngest I will ever be. I will enjoy my days. emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/24/2013 4:07PM

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KARENLEIGH32 5/24/2013 4:01PM

    Ah Frank, you brought a tear to my eye!

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4KWALK 5/24/2013 4:01PM

    Very thought provoking and so true.

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BAMAJAM 5/24/2013 3:52PM

  And cheers to you too, Frank!
Funny thing--- I never thought that I would get old--!! It happened too soon, and it seems the only good thing is "senior discount"-- LOL
Thanks for this wonderful blog---

PS The trouble with old folks, we complain too much about aches and pains!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 5/24/2013 3:40PM

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