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That was then and this is now

web1_RickHouser.jpgBy Rick Houser –

Ever find yourself looking at a family album or just photos of the past? As you are looking back and reminiscing about family members gone and friends and family that are still alive, you stop and look at yourself and see what you feel was a photo that caught your eye. The photo caught you at a time in the past when you were your trimmest, slimmest, strongest, and just at what you feel was your top form, and you wonder, “Why am I not like that now? Why have the years removed the buff body and the youth full of sparkle that is only in the young person’s eye?” What happened and when springs to the mind. Such questions can ruin a good stroll down memory lane.

When one takes a trip into their past they must remember that was then and this is now. Because you were so trim and buff then is a big reason why you are still around to look at those photos and ask yourself “where did the years go” and “where did that person go”. It seems painful and depressing at first, but then the memory takes over and you begin to remember the good times that went with that young person and all the wonderful family and friends they had and still have. If a person thinks long enough, they also think about the new friends and family that weren’t around then and how lucky you are to have lived long enough to have gotten to know them.

Life is a great, but tricky and sometimes sad, journey that we each get to take. The first trick is you only get to take it but once, so you better make the most of it and enjoy however much or little you can extract from it. At its worst, it is still the greatest journey you will ever get to take, so make the best of it and feel good about whatever you get out of it.

Yes, looking back can be cruel sometimes, and those photos make you recall the lines from the Bob Seger song “Like A Rock.” We all were, and we all will never pass that way again. Really wish we could stay at the pinnacle, but life wasn’t designed that way. Just one more excellent reason that, when looking back, a person can never return there but look at the photos, smile, recall , and then look ahead and move forward. There is a reason we are still here and we must try to make this moment a great memory. Hope that memory will be even stronger than the ones before.

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