The Back Nine

I want to add my own “caveat” to this post.  I got if from a dear friend, Bob Engel.  I don’t know who wrote it, so if the author of this writing sees this, please know that I will give your proper credit for it.

I think this is such a moving and very profound piece ~ also a very funny piece of writing, I just had to share it with all of you. . .the young AND the old.

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THE BACK NINE (as in Golf for you non golfers)

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT-PROVOKING. MAKES  YOU STOP AND THINK.
AND THEN IT IS 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 “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” 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, 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! 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.

LIVE  HAPPY IN 2013!

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 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. ~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.. ~

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”?!!! ~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!!

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”  It’s Not What You Gather, But What You
Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

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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