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Winter of my Life

Friday, December 07, 2012

> Winter of My Life...
> 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. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all….and 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 many 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! 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. 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 you want your loved ones to remember... And hope they appreciate and love you for all the things 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. And, Remember ~"It is health that is real wealth And not pieces of gold or silver.-- "Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave The Rest To God."
> I Wish You Enough!

I just had to share this because it is so true.
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    Pat this was a wonderful blog. I've been thinking the same thing lately. Realizing when I was young and mom was 20 years older that it was a lifetime from my own. Now she is 82 and I am 62. I am now watching her and asking myself if I want to be more healthy than she is and if I do I need to get busy! I have been feeling a very big pull lately to do what I want to do because time is so fleeting.

    Thanks for your post.

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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    3001 days ago
    OH Pat that was beautiful and so awesome and so true. I am finding what you write here as to be oh so very true. Our kids are growing up so fast and our son, our baby is turning 14 on the 15th.
    Oh how did so much time passed by a blink of an eye. I miss when they were small. I have been focusing on those very things you mentioned and have been trying a more simple approach to life. Thank you for posting this, I appreciate this and the reminder to Live, not just Exist! emoticon emoticon
    3001 days ago
    You seem like such a wonderful person and I know that you have lived a good life. May the rest of your life be as great as you want it to be!!! God bless you, my friend!!!!
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    3002 days ago
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    I am quite certain that you have lived your life to the fullest, so I hope you are looking at the rest of it with the same upbeat optimism, just a little slower, that's all:) One looks at the same things differently at each stage of life, and that's an important realization to grasp. Time changes things:)

    Many more years of happiness --
    3002 days ago
    Thanks so true. Have good weekend ?
    3003 days ago
    I totally agree with your beautifully written post! We must live each day to the fullest that we can even if our aches and pains bother us. Perhaps it's the pushing ahead that will keep us going for let us not go out without a fight!
    3003 days ago
    What a beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing
    3003 days ago
    What a beautifully written blog, Pat. I'm glad you don't have a lot of regrets; that you're happy about many things you've done.

    I don't know if I qualify (in your opinion) as being in my winter (I'm 65) but even if not, I'm pushing at the door! : ) This year has not been kind to me for aches and pains that apparently are not going to go away. I'm learning to accept them.

    Through it all, I can see God's hand - when I've chosen to obey and follow Him and when I haven't. God has always provided for me, even if it wasn't the way or in the timing I thought 'right'. That's a blessing because He is in control, knows the big picture, and what is best for me.

    Thank you for such a thoughtful, insightful blog. God bless you.
    3003 days ago
    My day is coming and sooner than I think. But I will do
    what I can now to enjoy life as it is with no regrets. For
    now, I am working to be the fun grandma who runs and
    plays with the GC and pretend I will always be so.
    3003 days ago
    Yes, it is and we must make our memories to last us all through our Winters no matter how many we have left.
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    3003 days ago
    You are telling it like it is! But you never know, I thought a few years ago I was not just in the winter, but the final stage. God is so good, and every year for the last 4 years, I have just gotten better and better. Only need oxygen if I am working out in the gym. Back working, selling and managing real estate. The more I do the better I feel. There are still days (didn't even get the shower or out of my pj's). With the internet I can still work even on those days. Don't have the stamina, I use to have, but I enjoy helping people find their perfect home. Gives me great satisfaction. Even put color back on my hair, put on my red lipstick and say watch out world I am back!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
    3003 days ago
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    I am thinking instead of just sitting there and accepting my decline I am looking at the ones who defy it. Ernestine Shepeherd and Fan Benno Caris come to mind.
    3003 days ago
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