I grew up with parents who owned a newsagency and worked side by side 7 days a week, 14 hours a day. They were always talking about becoming grey nomads when they retired and focused on the future. I left home at 16 and moved to the other side of Australia a few years later. I phoned them (at the shop) each week but Dad was always too busy to speak….I would say hi and he’d reply “I’ll get your mother”. This went on for 10 years. At 64 years young, Dad became very sick and they sold the business. Within 6 months of retirement he passed away. Mum relied on him for everything and had no clue how to do simple things that he’d always done, like putting petrol in the car or changing a light bulb.
She was lost for many years but slowly started her life again from scratch.
I felt like I had lost him many years ago.
They both worked so hard and put everything into their retirement plans and life was cut short.
He died over 10 years ago and my whole outlook on life changed when he got sick.
I live for today.
I spend every moment I can with my kids.
Memories are so much more important than materials.
It certainly brought life into perspective for me.
Cherish what you have today as it may not be there tomorrow.
Posted by paulah2, 5th December 2015