From: fostwlj
Sent: July 07, 2015
Subject: REFLECTIONS/Life is a Gift

Cousin Larry.....   Life is a Gift    
The older I get the more focused I become on my age.  I don’t ever recall a time when I was so consumed with age unless it was eagerly awaiting my 18th birthday.  We all know time has a way of moving quickly and catching us 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. 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 long for the “good old days”.

            Where did those good times go? Things were so much simpler back then.  Life was grand.  We lived life as though it would never end and no thought was given to it ending.  I remember 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 in them.  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.  Taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Because if I don't of my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

             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.  The scary thing is none of us know how long the winter will last.  When it is over it’s over.  It is so much easier to look back and remember the good times than to look forward and worry about the things to come.

            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.  So, do what you can today, because 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."