all about WINTER

OklaMoni

A WINTER FRIEND

This article is so befitting for all of us... take time to ponder... the last statement cannot be refuted:-

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL AND WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED THEN AND STARTED OVER, READING SLOWER, AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD... IT MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK.
So, please READ SLOWLY!


AND THEN IT IS WINTER
You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems like 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 those 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 grey... they move slower and I see an older person in myself 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 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... 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 also 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.

Remember: "It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. coming home is even 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, our dear ...OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!"


Moni now: I am trying to keep Winter away as long as possible.

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Uptown Gal

Thank you Moni.....made me think and think and think. And brought a tear

or two....but thank you...needs to be thought about. Hugs.

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Rusty

All of that is so very true! As an octogenarian, I am pretty sure that I am in the winter of my life. And that's okay, I've worked hard and I've earned it. Being old is not all bad. True, it has it's down side at times, as does every other age. But there are also the perks, as there are in any other age. And I personally plan to enjoy my 'winter' to the best of my ability for as long as the Good Lord sees fit to allow me to!

Thank you for posting that, Moni!

Rusty

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

Winter is when Christmas comes.

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seniorgal

I could have written that! My winter is well advanced, but here I am, trying to make the best of it.

One rule I have made for myself is to try every day to do something, however small, to brighten someone else's. For example, today my house cleaner was here. As I always do I left her a small candy bar.

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kathyg_in_mi

Thank you Moni, I really enjoyed it.

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georgysmom2

I've been sent this many times.....that's because I'm well into the winter of my life. :-)))

My biggest regret? I should have started purging my "stuff" long before now!

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Yayagal

That was beautiful and thoughtful, I enjoyed it. Yeah, it's sad to think of your life ending so I don't think of it. I think of each day and the best part of each day. Stay in the moment and smile.

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schoolhouse_gwagain

Today at Walmart while waiting in the check out lane, I noticed a lady behind me picking out two small bags of Fun-Yuns (sp?). Those were also my mother's favorite into her late 80s. So I turned around and told that to the lady. She said, "Well, I got your Mom beat, I'm 92!." and then, ".. and I figure it's what the heck at this stage of the game". lol

And she looked very spry, beautiful white hair, well dressed, and wore nice makeup.

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maifleur01

A wise doctor when discussing what someone should eat mentioned after a certain age as long as a person does not overdo foods or they have a violent reaction to them it is better for them to eat what they want. It is not wanting to eat so that a person does not receive the number of calories needed to even maintain their body mass which is a killer.

It may be something about those Fun-Yuns. Couple of months ago I saw someone pick up two small packages and when the time came they lacked the money to pay for them. There was no way I was going to let those packages be taken from her since I saw how longingly she had looked at them as she was trying to decide if she could actually have them.

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OutsidePlaying

That was nice, Moni. I enjoyed reading it, and everything said is completely true. I keep telling my kids, and now my nearly adult grandkids these things. Their generational term for it is YOLO. Now it’s my new term too....You only live once! So go for it, whatever ‘it’ may be for you.

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jemdandy

Moni, thank you for this post. Unfortunately, it is true. How do I know? Its from experience. I'm old enough to know. My goal when I get up in the morning is to maintain mobility, and the other thing is . . . Dang, I forgot!

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Raye Smith

As I qualify for more & more senior citizen discounts I have to disagree with the "everyone whispers". I think people have gotten to where they shout at the top of their lungs, in restaurants, stores, anywhere public - I find it deafening and it makes it impossible to hold a conversation anymore.

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