Life's Rewards Are Paid in AdvanceFrom the time you're born, through childhood, when you spent all day playing, eating, sleeping, being cuddled, fussed over, treated like you're so special, til young adulthood when you fall in love and have sex, all Summer off from school, don't have to work, hang out with lots of friends, parties, play sports, go away to camp, the list is endless. Then you start on a rewarding career, start making lots of money, buy a new sports car, meet a great partner, have beautiful kids, buy your own house. Then the kids grow to adulthood, they meet that special person and move out and start their own family. One day, becomes hard to tell from the day before, your knees start to hurt, your partner isn't that young hottie he/she use to be but starts to get wrinkles, puts on weight, You remember what they looked like when you met and you try to find some similarity but it gets more difficult every year. Your kids have kids who call you Grandpa or Grandma. All your friends are either dead or far away waiting to die, or you don't even know where the hell they are or even if they're still alive. You don't go to parties or make love or play sports or hang out at the candy store. Your wife or husband gets Cancer and passes away and you find yourself all alone. Everything you did that you enjoyed is gone.
It's about this time when you start to think about the life you use to have, and you realize that life is kind of backwards. You don't get your reward after paying a lifetime of dues, it's given to you in advance. It's not like waiting for Christmas morning when you can open your presents, you already got your presents.... but you didn't even know it.
Now, when it's too late to appreciate them. When all that's left is slowly slipping away.
I wish somebody told me about this when I was 5 years old. I think I probably would have done things a lot differently knowing that I was going to lose it all one day. I wouldn't have taken life for granted and I wouldn't have squandered the things I had that wasn't going to last forever,
Time, Youth, and Health.