Have you ever had the thought that you may be living the best, or worst, times of your life and everything is either uphill or downhill from here? I’ve had moments when I wished time would just stand still so I could stay in that moment forever. On the other hand, I’ve had moments when it felt like I was stuck in time during some of the worst moments of my life; it felt like they would never end. The future is coming. Like it or not. We can try to avoid it and hide in a room full of memorabilia, but at the end of our days, we’ll still look in the mirror and see the tolls that the years have taken on us.
The Mrs and I were talking about class reunions tonight on our walk to downtown and back. We were sharing just how much we, and those we went to school with, had changed over the years. It only takes a brief look at photos of those of us who graduated back then compared to ones of today to see how the years, and our choices, have changed all of us.
For the young people in my life, my wish is for them to take ahold of the time they have now while they’re still young and make the very best of it. If there is one thing the years have taught me, it’s that the decisions we make when we’re young affect us for the rest of our lives; and there’s no turning back the clock. Oh, there have been many times that I wish I could have a ‘Do over’, but even dreaming of such a thing is only futility.
So many people I know became drawn into a path when they were young and didn’t wake up from it until it was too late. Life offers young people many pleasures and temptations that will distract them from looking ahead and being prudent. If they could start with even the smallest of things like putting a little money away out of every check into an account for their kid’s college, investing in a long-term retirement plan at an early age, and creating positive life-long habits of exercising themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually, they will literally change their future for the better.
Tonight here’s to taking charge of our future and letting go of the regrets of the past. Even at my age, it’s not too late to start healthy habits that will improve my future and benefit all those around me for the better down the road. There’s no better time than today. I know it’s tough to make changes after so many years, but if we keep our eyes on what can be instead of on what isn’t, those small changes will become easier every day. Most of all, with God’s help, we can do all things and He is always willing to give us the strength we need to make those changes for the better…
Love always my friends