You see an old couple holding hands, walking in the park and the first thing that you think about is – I want that too, but do you really? Do you know what it feels like to see someone you love slowly fade away right before your eye? When I see an old couple trying to keep their balance, holding on to each other for support, because their tired shaking bodies can no longer keep them upright, I don’t envy them. Instead, they become a mirror image of all my fears and realization that no matter what I do, I can only be with my wife for as long as my body will allow it. It reminds me of how limited our time is together.
They say growing old together is a privilege that is not given to many. Why? Is it not enough that our time here is already limited? Now we even have to worry if we can even get there? This is how I used to think. It was only now, that I began to realize the point of it all.
The problem is, you think you have time – Gautama Buddha
The reason why we only have limited time with our love ones is to make sure that we make every moment count. It teaches us to value our spouses, and treat everyday as an opportunity to make good memories together.
Limited time means, making a better version of ourselves each day, so we can somehow inspire our spouses the same way they inspire us to keep going.
At the end of the day, when all’s been said and done, all that is left to do is to accept the fact that all good things must come to an end. If we are lucky, we might just get the chance to hold the ones we love when they need us the most.
Yes, I want to grow old with my wife and if in case I miss that privilege, my only hope is that we made enough good memories to keep her going through the rest of her days. When she’s old, weak and struggling to keep her balance, may the memories we had inspire her to keep walking all the walks that I will miss, to talk the conversations that I will never hear, and to smile knowing that I left without any regret spending the best years of my limited time with her.
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