A high school classmate passed away two weeks ago. Although we’d lost touch, he was a great guy and I’m saddened by his passing. I wish we’d stayed closer. I vividly recall enjoying our last conversation over beers.
This came on the heels of another classmate and former neighbor who passed away a few months ago. I had been keeping tabs on her courageous fight against cancer. I can only hope when my time is near, I have the same courage she did.
About ten percent of our Central High class of 1975 is now gone. Seems too many and too soon. We are only reaching our 62nd year, of which is my turn next month. All my life I thought 62 was the time to slow down and enjoy life after a lifetime of hard work and struggle. It seems such a shame that Dave and Shelly were almost there.
With sincere apologies to those more elderly, it seems odd for me to have reached this age. I still listen to classic rock, attend concerts, ride a motorcycle, and think like I did in the 70’s; ready to bring back bell bottoms. I’m just too young to be this age.
There will be those that say you’re only as old as you feel. Bull! Deep down, we know exactly what limitations we have, feel mugged by age, and are keenly aware that perhaps our days might be numbered. Where did that time go?
When our son was born, I recall thinking of how old I’d be when he reached certain achievements of his life. Oddly, I never thought much beyond the time when I’d be 50, and even then, couldn’t imagine myself at that age. I whizzed by that mile marker twelve years ago.
Now when I think of my grandchildren reaching certain milestones, I wonder if I will be around to see it. Will I attend my one-year grandson’s graduation from high school? Will I meet any great-grandchildren? Will the Webber name be buried with me?
A couple weeks ago, I re-posted to Face Book the following, purportedly penned by billionaire, Steve Jobs. I’m unaware if he actually wrote it, but thought I’d share. It does me some good to read it. Everyone might want to think about his words before it’s too late:
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.
Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So, when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.
The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
The six best doctors in the world are Sunlight, Rest, Exercise, Diet, Self-confidence and FRIENDS. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.”