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Thread: And then it's winter

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    And then it's 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 gray...they move slower and I see that I am 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 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.


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    Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!

    ·Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
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    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.
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    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
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    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.

    ·You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
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    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.

    ·But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
    I quilt, therefore I am.

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    ....and it stinks!! I finally have the knowledge to do my FMQ and I have to pace myself because my body gets cranky if I do too much.

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    Ditter did you write this or someone else? It is beautiful and so true in any case. I just turned 60 in May, and I don't know where time has gone. I have one son who is grown, and he's my baby yet he is where I was just a few years ago, and thinks he is getting old. My dad is 80, and says I am young. I am the oldest of my parents 4 kids. Mom left last year, and dad can't wait to see her. I can feel the aches and pains, but yes that is life. I have lupus and never ask for it, but it became my unwelcome friend along with a few other unwelcome friends. I have my sense of humor and hope that always stays with me. I have life regrets, and think most do. I did do a few crazy things in my life, and not proud of all of them or even half, but life wasn't dull. lol... I now see myself not caring what people think of how I dress etc, as long as it pleases me, and I am decent. I do feel so rich in the loving people and friends around me. I seem to find my best vacation right out in my own green yard, and front porch in the evenings with a good cup of coffee. I didn't even know the passion of quilting/sewing until I beheld what was really life's riches. I am so glad you posted this. It is such a blessing to me.
    JuneBillie - In memory of my dear mother June, and my dear mother in law Billie.
    I am thankful for this day My name - Susan

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    All of a sudden I feel a chill!! Thanks for reminding me! lol

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    This is poignant, and it sets you back, when you have to have your meds re-evaluated because I am a senior.
    Jo

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    thank you so much for sharing!

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    Thanks Ditter!
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    Ditter, are you in my head? I do have regrets but I just keep going on, I have no choice. What I really hate is not having enough energy or will to do the things I want to do.

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    You have expressed my thoughts so eloquently!

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    Thank you, Ditter. I know now what has been going on! I have become my mother!
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