Gathering Rosebuds

Single hot pink rose bud with dew drops“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.” – Robert Herrick

Our youth will pass. Our looks will fade. Our hair will turn gray. We will get wrinkles and age spots. Our arms and tummies and thighs will get saggy. Our butt will succumb to gravity too. We will sport those spider veins. It doesn’t matter if we live in temperate Baltimore or sunny Austin. We will grow old, and our faces and bodies will know it and show it.

So what do we do now? Will we always try to hide our age? Will we forever chase after what we’ve lost? Will we have one plastic surgery( another in our efforts to recapture beauty that is lost to us? Such endeavors are futile and will bring little joy. Why don’t we let go of our vanity, and ease up on the rat race, and savor, enjoy, and relish the peak years wherein we’re in our prime.

Let’s make the most of the time that we have and take our good man Robert Herrick’s advice and gather those rosebuds. He admonishes us to seize the day – “carpe diem”. Let’s take those chances, grab the opportunities that come along, so that we may not live in regret, or ask ourselves “what if” questions in the future. Let’s run, or climb mountains, or swim in the sea while our legs are still strong and supple. Let’s enjoy the sunshine and the trees and wildflowers while we can, and before global warming makes it impossible or unhealthy (read more). Let’s go catch those stage musicals or football games while our eyesight and hearing are still good. Let’s love and live life while we are young. Let’s do our part in helping the world’s poor live in peace and with dignity. Let’s play our role in protecting the environment, and ensure that future generations will be able to gather their rosebuds too.

Time flies so fast. Youth, beauty, life – they are all so fleeting. Let’s not waste these gifts in fruitless pursuits.