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35 Years

12,775 days in 35 years.  If I live another 35 years, I have 12,775 days to do something extraordinary with my life.

My Next 30 Years - Tim McGraw

I think I'll take a moment celebrate my age
End of an era and the turning of a page
Now it's time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

In my next thirty years I'm gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I've done
Maybe now I've conquered all my adolescent fears
And I'll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I'm gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I'm doin' here in my next thirty years

For my next thirty years I'm gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers
Maybe I'll remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here in my next thirty years
In my next thirty years

At my age, it is time to do some serious reflection on how I want to spend the next 35 - 40 years of my life, because that's about all there is.  I have turned many pages in my life, written many chapters, lots of great ones, and even a few that were not so great, but oh the memories that were made.  I added another thing to my bucket list for this year and that is to write a family history of sorts for my own family and our travels and memories through the years.

I only want to settle the scores where I can return good for the good that those have done to me.  I don't believe he meant settle scores by getting back at people who wronged us.  It really isn't worth wasting even one day on doing that. I don't have that many days to waste.  Only 12,775 in the next 35 years!  I don't want to cry any more, even though I know that will happen.  It is part of growing, but I do want to be remembered for the person who was always happy, who always smiled, was always kind, and always helped people.  To find a world of happiness without hate and fear, we have to create that in our own little world, because it isn't to be found out there in the big real world today.  But I can work really hard on creating that within my own home, my work place, my family, and surrounding me.

I definitely have to watch my own weight, you know when you turn 50, the body seems to start to fall apart, kind of like a car that has reached "lots" of miles and you now realize that you should have taken a bit better care of her.  So you start checking the oil regularly, as well as all the other fluids,  you get some new tires, and clean her up real good, and hope that she gives you another good run.  Well ya, that is where you get to at around the age of 50, when you realize if you want to live another 40 years or so, you had better start watching some things.  Health all of a sudden becomes important as you watch the older generation moving on and realize that you are the next generation.  Reality sets in and you start to maintain your body and soul a little bit better hoping to get another 30 or 40 years out of her.  Yep, that's where I am at.

You start to realize that precious moments and making memories are all that "really" matter in life.  You understand that "stuff" is really just taking up space in your world, and you really don't have time nor energy for it any  more, you only have time for those things that are important.  Priorities, family, making memories with them, being happy, your soul, spending time with those you love, that is all that really matters.  You put in time at work, because you have to, because the bills still need to be paid, and you give it your best at work, but when you leave there, you shut the door and return to your place where things in life "really" matter.  Don't get me wrong, I actually really enjoy my job, but in the end, is my job going to define me?  I hope not.  But the world I create around me will define the person I was, the memories I created, and the people I made smile, will - and yes it could very well include all the little rascals I deal with on a day to day basis!

So for my next 35 - 40 years, my next 12,775 days (plus), what am I going to do?  How am I going to spend those days?  At that point I will be a whopping 87 and holding fast, how am I going to spend those days?  Some food for thought and reflection, and I will get back to you on that one for sure.

How will you spend your next 12,775 days?  The clock is ticking.....

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