I wrote these rather pompous verses when I thought I was old;
Old enough to give advice to those younger than me.
I am now twice as old as when I first wrote this;
I am neither wiser nor more capable of giving advice now than I was then;
Believe me or not – it’s YOUR CHOICE!
CHOICES, or ‘Advice To The Young’
Every second in a life can be a turning point;
Chosen or unconscious it is there,
Make a choice – it’s up to you,
Why not try out something new?
But never ever say that you don’t care.
You cannot stop your life from moving forward;
Time rolls on despite your efforts to stand still.
You can’t take a backward view,
Nor can you jump the queue.
You have to stay in line and climb life’s hill.
But life’s direction you can set about to change;
Tweek it here, a twist just there, you can try out.
The choice that you then make,
With a little give and take,
May well be something you can’t do without.
For when all is said and done, young man, you’re learning
To find a path in life that holds for you.
Just hold to your endeavour,
Never ever say “for ever”,
And keep your choices open to what’s new.
This reflective poem Roland applies to us at any age. Life’s path has just as many surprises post 50 as it did prior. I think our efforts to stand still today are dictated more by medical related issues.
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I’m sure you are right, Davy. Thanks for commenting
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Roland, I think your poem proves your intro, not quite true. You don’t have to be old to be wise, do you? I always have to laugh and enjoy the simple observational wisdom of children looking at something for the first time and seeing it in a new light. I agree with Davy D. A wonderfully reflective piece with a lot of truth and wisdom – about time, about choices – and choices bring consequences??? Well done to the younger you!
You are correct of course. I am grateful for your comments, Charles.