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 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."


 LIVE HAPPY


 LASTLY, CONSIDER THE  FOLLOWING:


 Your kids are becoming  you, but your grandchildren are perfect.


 Going out is good, but  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.


 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!"