“And Then It Is Winter”


Found on Facebook … unknown author.

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 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 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 NOT 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 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.”


Lastly, consider the following:

Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be so … ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

  • Your kids are becoming you.
  • 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.
  • 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?”… “what?”
  • 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, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”

Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
Image by Sabine van Erp from Pixabay

15 thoughts on ““And Then It Is Winter”

    • Only 72, Mary, but I guess I have been old for decades already, EVERYWHERE BUT IN MY MIND. The mind does not age, though it’s skills and capabilities may not seem up to par. My body became old a long time ago when my health failed. Remember when you swore you would never talk about your bowel movements like the old people around you did? I bet that resolve has gone the way of the unfortunate dodo bird and passenger pigeon. He’ll, I don’the even have a large bowel anymore. But I won’the talk about that hee, lol.
      In our minds, we are still young. We have imaginations! This is what tells me there is more to life than meets the eye, above and beyond all my many amazing experiences. My mind is timeless. Clocks and calendars tell one story, but my mind doesn’t listen to it. The only thing missing is my memory, but who needs it!

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  1. I don’t think of old age as winter, but then, my hair is still mostly very dark brown. I have some gray, certainly, but not enough to bother me. And my body is not hibernating yet! Shutting down slowly, probably, but not hibernating. And my mind is still sharp enough for me to be alive and appreciate the life within me.
    But, as the writer said, you cannot avoid getting old and still be alive. It comes with the territory.

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  2. My dear Nan, are you maudlin?

    Cheer up chicken …. 2022 is the year we all get wiped out by a Dinosaur Killer, or so I heard!

    I just hope Liverpool win the Premier League again before it hits.
    Aaah … so much to look forward to.

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    • Good morning. The Liverpool-Manchester rivalry is off-topic but I couldn’t help thinking of the lucky winners of that Liverpool newspaper contest:
      First prize: One week’s holiday in Manchester.
      Second prize: Two weeks’ holiday in Manchester.

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