And then it is winter

We got this touching email from friends from JD and Mari Jenkins, whom we met on our 2 Years in a Tent journey.  Laura and I wanted to also share it with you as well. And please leave a comment if you feel like it.  
Read it slowly.


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 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.


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  1. Gaye Dyason

    Hi Robert from Australia ,
    We met you at Lake Mead, how stunningly beautiful was that , how beautiful is your country and every one we met were kind, friendly and genuine. We loved visiting U.S.A !!!
    We did it as we are approaching ( or have we reached it ?) the winter of our lives !!
    The email was spot on in regards to how quickly the years go by !!! We are about to set off on another adventure however we are staying home and exploring our own beautiful country – taking our caravan ( trailer or rv to you :)) heading north to escape our winter.
    Good luck with your book
    Gaye and Keith Dyason
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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