Tuesday, January 3, 2017

~ The Back Nine ~

THE BACK NINE ~ Something to think about!


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 well 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, 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."

~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 some people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore, but you really don't care that you aren't as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' 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?"...???
~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!" 

Share this with 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.




  1. Oh Pat, this new years post was so delightful, I loved it! You may be on the back nine of your life, but you have a splendid attitude! I chuckled when I read, "you sleep better on a lounge chair with the tv on than in bed," because I sometimes take a cat nap while watching tv haha.

    Happy New Year to my very special blog sister.


  2. Well said Pat! Those of us who are in the 60 something group are beginning to show signs of aging. I look at my high school friends on FB and think...how in the world did we become Medicare age so quickly? Life can change on a dime...let us wish for good health and more days of fun and laughter! Stay well and happy! Big hugs!

  3. What an amazing and spot on post!!! I feel exactly the same way! How did I get here so soon? I love your attitude!

  4. Hi Pat, what a wonderful post! It is so true for us all. Life just flies by so fast and before you know it, we are in the place we thought was so far off. I feel just the same!!
    Wishing you the best year yet filled with deserved happiness, health, fun and lots of love!

  5. Yikes! So true! And I've yet to do a few things I want to do...better get busy. ;)
    xoxo, T.

  6. This is really a great post Pat. Everyday is a sweet gift and we should fill each day with everything we want to do. One thing I have learned in my late 50's is to take deeper breaths and slow down and enjoy the moment. Don't worry about the future just enjoy the present. Happy New Year.

  7. What a thought-provoking post. I am feeling that this week and the meloncholy that goes with it. Lord, help me make the best use of the back nine holes.

  8. Gosh, isn't that post the truth? How do the years go so quickly by? We must live each day with no regrets, and with joy and thankfulness. I wish you much happiness in this new year, my friend, and relief from pain. xo

  9. ...just wait until you have one year and then you;ll turn 80...wow...I still have a hard time realizing Bill is almost 83 and I am 79...yes, we are in our winter season and I can't express how thankful we are to be in fair health..and independent and able to come and go easily...oh, we have days when we want to just rest all day long...but nothing wrong with that...xoxo

  10. Oh Pat, I just loved this post.
    Thank you so much.

    Thinking of you and sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

  11. Hi Pat, I know this is from a year ago, but it's a timeless post and needs to be re-read often. I'm on the back nine, as well, and I'm working to do everything I can while I have time. But oh, the aches and pains!


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