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Saturday, October 20, 2012

I have a word of caution for anyone in the prime of their life! (And 'prime' is where you are right this moment.) Enjoy and savor every experience. You never know what the future holds and its a sad thing to miss the opportunity to really get the most from your everyday life.

Take note of what it means to savor, to relish, to enjoy, to experience the whole Magellan! Make this your mantra as you go through life. 'Savor the moment' - a phrase I've heard all my life. Wish I'd paid attention to the true meaning.

As I look back, I have one very real regret... that I didn't actually immerse myself in every molecule of enjoyment and pleasure from all the things I've seen and done, and all the places I've been. Not to say I didn't have a blast! But its a weird feeling to no longer be able to walk (I'm disabled) or to bite firmly into a caramel apple (dentures).

Some of the most common enjoyable experiences are no longer available to me. I want to be able to run and feel the sand between my toes. I want to go wade fishing. I want to feel the crunch of the gooey apple as its caramel cover sticks to everything in sight, or to use my teeth to crack a pecan open to reveal its meaty center (never mind what Mom said).

Now, lest you think I'm in the midst of a true Pity Party, let me tell you there is nothing further from the truth. My reality has included treks through England and Belgium and Mexico and the U.S. and my own teeth did indeed serve me well over the years. I played the guitar and sang and danced my way through a good number of years. I laughed and played and lived with no reservation. Make no mistake! Those things continue; just differently.

The message I'm here to convey is just how terribly important it is to truly concentrate on the joys and experiences of the moment. Years down the road you will be glad you did. You will be able to draw from the sights and sounds and tastes of your years. I often say, "No one ever warned me about the 'senior' years!" You won't be able to say that... this is your warning.

At the risk of sounding like Gone With The Wind, I tell you. Feel the ground beneath your feet, the wind in your hair! No regrets here! Just a word of caution. I never imagined losing sensation in my feet and fingers, and I certainly didn't entertain the thought of losing my teeth. Our tomorrows are out of sight. Don't look back with regret.

I am blessed to have my hearing and my sight in tact (for the most part). But don't take a moment for granted. Your future life depends on it!

Laugh and sing and dance! Give no concern to what others may think. Chances are they won't be there when you reach a ripe 'old' age! 'Old' is a relative term. I'm reminded of my 40 something year old friend who already regrets the times in her youth that she spent just lying in bed watching a clock. You never know if, or when, your health may deteriorate or your life may change forever.

Carpe Diem!

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  • JANIEWWJD
    I seems that you knew what was about to happen. You are now with our Savior and no longer suffering. God bless you!!!
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    2615 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    Amen to that Vicky... rest in peace. Your warning will not be lost on me emoticon emoticon
    2615 days ago
  • EMMABE1
    How prophetic - now only a couple of months later Vicki has gone from this earth - we will miss her so very much - but, though we never could meet in life, maybe one day - we will meet - I dearly hope so my wonderful American friend!!
    2616 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2013 11:51:03 PM
  • DEDICATED2HIM
    oh my friend Vicky. You didn't know when you wrote this just one month ago that now, a few short weeks later, you would be in the fight of your life: the fight FOR your life. I miss you desperately my friend. I don't know if you will ever read this comment. IF I don't see you again on this earth; I will see you in Heaven.
    I love you.
    (tears)
    Cynthia
    2690 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    oh my friend Vicky. You didn't know when you wrote this just one month ago that now, a few short weeks later, you would be in the fight of your life: the fight FOR your life. I miss you desperately my friend. I don't know if you will ever read this comment. IF I don't see you again on this earth; I will see you in Heaven.
    I love you.
    (tears)
    Cynthia
    2693 days ago
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    2708 days ago
  • MRS_TOAD
    You are so right! Life is too short. We must truly live each and every moment.
    2723 days ago
  • ONEMONSTERSMOM
    Thank you for the reminder. When the depression is bad, it can be hard to remember this but it makes life better now too, not just for the memories.
    Marilyn
    2724 days ago
  • CAROLJEAN64
    This is a wonderful blog and all the more inspiring because you don't indulge in pity parties.
    2724 days ago
  • LESLIEJEAN43
    I agree! I have also lost the ability to walk more than short distances, and I used to be an avid hiker and long distance runner.
    I too appreciate my eyesight and hearing, and I can still give and receive hugs!
    I am grateful for my life.
    Thank you for your thought-provoking blog.

    Hugs, Leslie
    2724 days ago
  • WORKOUTWITHPAM
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  • SLIMMERKIWI
    A great blog and thank you for putting it out there to remind us all!

    Kris xx
    2724 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    enjoyed reading your blog
    2725 days ago
  • LADYANDREA2012
    Great Blog and at the right moment for me. Thank you for sharing.
    2725 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Amazing blog Vicky !!
    Glad you lived your life to the full and are still enjoying it !
    I feel the same and I have also traveled far and wide and we will always have our memories ...
    Enjoy each day as if it is your last..
    I am going to click like on this as it is such a up lifting and energising blog
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    2725 days ago
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