When I was born in 1941, life expectancy was 63 years for men and 66 for women.
Medical advances and healthier lifestyles have paved the way for greater longevity.
With my 79th birthday approaching in August, how much longer will I live?
I don’t spend much time thinking about it.
Author Henry Miller wrote that life itself should be the art and that—in the spirit of Shakespeare—we should regard ourselves as players on a stage.
Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years have gone. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of my hopes and aspirations and dreams.
I have cried over the death of our son.
I have toured London and the Scottish Highlands, Paris and the French Rivera, Rome and Venice, Lisbon and the Algarve, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Maui and Hawaii, St. Lucia and Barbados, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and Bangkok and Singapore.
There is a long list of goals still on my bucket list.
But I am no longer driven.
I realize life is sweet and I am lucky to be here.
But, here it is—the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did all the years go? I remember seeing older folks through the years and thinking that those older people were light 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 moving slower—I see an older person now. Some are in better and some in worse shape than me—but, I see a great change. They’re not like the friends that I remember who were young and vibrant; but, like me, their age has started to show. We are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become. Each day now, I find that just completing the daily crossword puzzle is a real target for the day!
But, here it is—I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and lack of energy to do things that I wish to do. The winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last; but this I know, a new adventure has begun.
Life has regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done and things I should have done; but, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.
If you’re not yet in the winter of your life, let me tell you straight—it will be here faster than you think. Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, do it NOW! Don’t put things off too long! Life goes by—and it goes by too quickly.
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.
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.
Henry Miller said we either devour life or we are devoured by it. That worked for me when I was younger. But, as I say, I am quieter now.
I enjoy the camaraderie of good friends and neighbors. I enjoy good food and quality wines, and hiking and photography.
Another decade on the planet? I plan to read books I have put aside and continue exploring the US Sunbelt in the comfortable luxury of our motor coach.
How long can I lead this lifestyle? Where was I going?
Life is good. If I have worries, they are of my own making. If I can, I will try to help others.
I will never pass this way again, but it would be nice to be remembered for some small deed in the heart of another.
Life is too short to let even one day be frenzied or frazzled or frittered away. Life is too short not to take time to do the things that will hold the most meaning for you. So let yourself float like a leaf on a stream, relax with your memories, and let yourself dream.
Life is too short and flies by if you let it, so choose what you want every day—and go and get it.
The future is uncertain. A wise sage once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”.
LIVE HAPPY IN 2020!
LIVE IT WELL!
Enjoy life NOW. It has an expiry date!