A winter friend.

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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!" 

Send this on to other "Old Friends" and let them laugh in agreement!

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As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]

William Shakespeare - 1564-1616

Jaques to Duke Senior

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

At first, the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
and shining morning face, creeping like snail
unwillingly to school.

And then the lover, sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad made to his mistress' eyebrow.

Then a soldier, full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon's mouth.

And then the justice, in fair round belly with good capon lined, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut, full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.

The sixth age shifts into the lean and slippered pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side;  his youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
for his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
turning again toward childish treble, pipes
and whistles in his sound.

Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Lines 139-166. This poem is in the public domain.

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I had been looking at my dead friend's fb page when it struck me that he had no idea it was winter for him. On Christmas Day he announced "The best Christmas ever!" and on Boxing Day he had a heart attack and died.  As you say, Jonab, its real.

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