And Then It Is Winter… is in part, from an e-mail that my Partner in Life had received a while back and I wanted to share it with those who visit my site. It's been too long since my last post because I have been trying to catch up on my life's other seasons and get myself re-focused. I hope you enjoy this post…
As you know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems like 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. I, myself personally spent 46 years of my life as a professional portrait photographer and many of you reading this newsletter were past clients of mine.
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 taking a nap is not a treat anymore…it's mandatory! Because 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 do 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. Life has a way of balancing itself out.
It's all in a lifetime. And as , “an old photographer”, I have been spending years Editing and Producing a very dramatic video entitled Our Life…soon to be changed to “All In A Lifetime”. At times, I think of the production as almost a curse on me…having accumulated thousands of photographic images of our family going back to before my spouse and I were even born! This I will leave as our “Family Legacy.” Having reached the winter of my life already is a unique experience: sad – yet happy, lonely and yet too busy to be lonely with everyone's expectancies. And, most of all “wonderment” along with the lack of comprehension as to the thought of how I could be standing there in my Mock-Marine Boots at 8 years old throwing a football during Vince Lombardi's coaching years and now – what seems to be in an INSTANT is in actuality over a half century later! Wonderment and bewilderment all rolled up into one big ball of confusion!
So, if you're not in your winter yet…let me remind you, you young “whippersnappers” 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 way too quickly… and that will prove to be a major under-statement. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
There is no guarantee 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 you.
Make it a fantastic one!