While enjoying the outside, sitting on the back porch, I notice the trees are garbed with glorious blazonry giving off fiery hues of autumn colors. Summer’s passion has waned, it’s marmalade skies softened to the colors of a Dreamsicle – creamy vanilla and orange sherbet, delicious to imagine. It was just last week, mornings were filled with the scent of fresh mowed grass and at dusk fireflies entertained with their flitting antics while aglow.
“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” – Edwin Way Teale
As I inhale the scenery, my coffee cup is filled to the brim, laced with cinnamon, giving me a kick start to the day. The air seems golden, enhanced with a briskness and the aura of the fall season.
This is my time of the day to muse on what could have been. I visualize things differently than I did some twenty or so years ago. Sure there were goals I wish I could have reached but even then, I feel I gave it my best shot. Times have changed, I have changed and my only regrets are I wish I knew then what I know now.
“Wild is the music of autumnal winds the faded woods.” – William Wordsworth
I am now in the autumn of my life and writing this piece during the autumnal season, my favorite time of the year. As I experience my time here on earth getting shorter, I want to reflect back and feel my life was fulfilling and that I made a difference. So, my advice to myself is to move to the task now, whether work or play, because there may not be a – twenty years from now.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.” – Mark Twain
This reminds me of an old song by Zager & Evans –
Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525 Lyrics
In the year 2525, if man is still alive
If woman can survive, they may find
In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today
In the year 4545
You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you
In the year 5555
Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin’ to do
Some machine’s doin’ that for you
In the year 6565
You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube
In the year 7510
If God’s a-coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
“Guess it’s time for the Judgement Day”
In the year 8510
God is gonna shake His mighty head
He’ll either say, “I’m pleased where man has been”
Or tear it down, and start again
In the year 9595
I’m kinda wonderin’ if man is gonna be alive
He’s taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing
Now it’s been ten thousand years, man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew, now man’s reign is through
But through eternal night, the twinkling of starlight
So very far away, maybe it’s only yesterday
My life resembles a clock
and so it goes
each moment cherished.
Rewind the clock, I say
favor me one more day.
My life journey
will be without dread
the pendulum swings
a frictionless turn
My life so finely tuned
expect no takeoff soon
my life resembles a clock
see no motivation to stop
Eugenia enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for Eugenia to follow her dreams by doing things she enjoys…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, writing poetry and encouraging others to pursue their goals. Eugenia’s writing and creative endeavors can be found at her blogs, Eugi’s Causerie I and Eugi’s Causerie II, where she has gathered a following of kindred souls who share her passion for writing. Eugenia has authored ebooks, “Fanciful Delights” and “Mama, me and Mother Nature”. She is also a published author on Spillwords Publishing and one of the authors in the FAE Dreams Anthology coming October 31st, 2020.
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