And then it is winter: Living life to the full every day 50



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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. 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 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 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, 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 and 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.

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 some people forgot they even knew you!
~You realise you’re never going to be really good at anything like golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you aren’t as interested in anymore, but you really do care that you aren’t as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV on 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?”
~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.

Which line is most true for you? Do you live every day to the fullest? Tell us below.

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  1. Really good article. Will show my husband. He is only now slowing down in his early 70s. He can’t understand where is young self went and why he can’t work all day anymore. It was illness that made the changes.

  2. Great article- and yes life is very precious, my Bucket List is getting ticked off and i am not waiting until I retire. Loving life whilst fit and healthy tomorrow who knows what might happen.

  3. All too many people refuse to accept the fact that we are only here for a short time, so, why not have a good time?

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