The Back Nine


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 vividly 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 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. 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 for sure, 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.”

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About Jim G.

I truely believe that what should matter most in life is how you see yourself, not how someone else tries to convince you to see yourself. *****Life is not about "finding yourself"*****its about creating yourself.!!!!! I write and post things here because I like to think I am contributing some things of value to my world. Some times a little humor, some times things with a more serious tone, but hopefully always in good taste. If what I post occasionally bites a politician in the ass, all the better :>)
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