winterI don’t usually copy something when I blog. In fact I don’t remember ever doing it. But this resonated with me and so wanted to share it. I received it in an email from a very special sister who is going through critical health issues.

I googled it and couldn’t find an author so if anyone knows where it originated let me know so I can give them credit.

Of course I like to think of myself as being in the autumn of life but one never knows and this really speaks to all ages.

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 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 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 of 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 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 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, what ever 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 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 again.

~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all,

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.


11 responses to “AND THEN IT IS WINTER

  1. I don’t know who wrote this, either, but it speaks to the heart, doesn’t it? Since I care for elderly parents, and also see the lines in my own face, this felt like a gentle reminder to be aware and enjoy the moments life offers us. Thanks for sharing, Lavada!

  2. Your very welcome I especially like the bullet items at the end. There were some I could really relate to like especially not being good at golf. I really think I’m the worlds worst.

  3. Love it, made me cry and laugh. Love you my twin from another life😘😘

    • Ahhhh you can’t golf either 🙂 🙂 Seriously it sure hit home with me. Especially from the one I got it from who is going through some major health issues and has a wonderful 90 year old mother she watches over.

  4. Love this! So very true. Found myself nodding with most of those bullet points. And it’s true, regardless of age, none of us know when our winter will be. I’m just thankful I’ve made it this far, when so many friends/colleagues have not. Thanks for posting, Lavada. A powerful reminder to live for the day.

    • I’m thankful too and especially having good health. For some reason, gee you don’t think it’s that my generation is aging, there seems to be more progressive health issues around. Like Parkinson’s and dementia. I’m watching more friends evolve into caretakers and it has to be hard.

  5. Lovely sentiment. I have been feeling particularly morose the last week or two so this made me a little teary-eyed.

  6. Valerie J. Patterson

    It is so very important to remember to live life and not just watch it pass you by. We don’t know the number of our days, but we should live each one to the fullest and with those we cherish. I hope your friend continues to get good news, Lavada. May God be with her and her family.

  7. Words from the heart and so very true. No idea either who wrote it but so perceptive. We all need a reminder every now and again to live life to the full and enjoy each precious moment. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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