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Better stop to smell the roses, while you still can

Posted Monday, June 27, 2011, at 1:36 PM

As life happens to pass me by; ever so quickly now days, I find myself getting a bit more serious, a bit more weepy and a bit more longing for more quality time with my family. I'm not sure if this is a woman thing, an age thing or the realization that I feel that I am missing the most important times in my loved one's lives. This includes not only our children and grandchildren, but parents, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews and even a few cousins, not to mention my friends that I consider family!

I can't quite put my finger on the reasoning behind it all. Some days I feel that it may be the result of our move farther north near Royal, but heck I still talk to the kids just as much if not more and I can still run to the concerts, birthday parties and even just pop in for the heck of it almost as if I were right next door. I keep in touch via text messaging and BBM (Blackberry Messenger for those that are not tech savvy) as much as possible with kids that chose to live farther than 37 miles away from us. Not thinking that the lack of communication has any affect on my moods.

I have befriended quite a few of my extended relatives on Facebook, so that really can not be an issue, especially since many years had passed by since I had anything to do with them...not because they are bad people but because we just lost track of each other. I have found my childhood friends via Facebook too, so that connection has helped me rekindle other lost relationships too. So what is it that has me feeling so different?

Perhaps it is the fact that so many changes have occurred within the past few years, and I know that since I am getting older, so are our kids and grandkids, which means that the cycle of life has begun its spiral to the downside and that scares me a bit? Am I feeling the inevitable catching up to me?

Yes I am only 52 years old, but seeing that I am 52 and noticing a lot more illness and so many strange happenings that the fear of aging has caught up to me? Or perhaps Menopause?

This getting old is getting old, and its time to make sure that I do spend the quality time with my family and friends, its time to remember what is important in life... slow down and smell the roses... take life by the horns...life isn't always greener on the other side... enjoy what God has given you... see where I'm going with this?

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