Time (1/9/14)

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. 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 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' and 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 gray. 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, this I know for
sure, that when it's over on this earth . . . it's over. A new adventure
will begin!
 
 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! 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!