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How To Live Life To The Fullest: Have You Ever.....?

Updated on November 2, 2015
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The World Is My Oyster

Do you remember laying on the grass as a child, looking up at the clouds drifting by, and daydreaming about the future? The warm, gentle breeze caressed your face as you thought about mountains yet to climb, riches yet to be won, and praise and glory that would one day be yours. It was all there waiting for you, and in your young mind anything was possible….anything was possible!

Now, for many, the childhood years are far behind you, and silly daydreams of excitement and adventure are fading quickly, replaced by the mundane, the daily grind, and the weight of responsibilities. Maybe you think back to those days on the lawn, and you smile, and you shake your head and laugh at the hubris that was necessary to believe that immortality was yours and the sky was the limit.

Where has the time gone? How could the unlimited become limited so quickly? The past is littered with wasted opportunities, and your mind begins to grasp the harsh reality of it all, that there is no second chance in life, and the bell will soon toll for you as it has for everyone who has inhabited this planet.

Maybe, just maybe, it is time to make the most of the time left. Perhaps there are a few things left to do; perhaps there are thrills that still await you, and perhaps there are opportunities that only require your participation.

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Have You Ever?

Have you ever sat on a bluff facing east, waiting for the sun to rise? The ground fog sits atop the frozen mantle, your breath crystallizes before you, the eagle flies over head, and that golden sliver and symbol of life finally peaks above the horizon. You sip from your coffee mug, feel the cold bite your skin, listen as nature awakens for another day, and embrace each and every molecule that surrounds you, for at that moment, in that place, you are one with the universe.

Have you ever held a newborn baby? It is as though you are holding creation itself, a squirming bundle of energy that beautifully represents the wonder of life. In your arms is a lifetime yet to be lived; in your arms are thousands of kind acts, thousands of laughs and thousands of tears, all waiting for their individual moment. In your arms is an endless array of chances and opportunities, and in your arms is the face of love.

Have you ever danced in the rain, or made snow angels, or splashed in puddles like you once did as a child? There is an amazing freedom attached to tossing aside self-image and saying to hell with what’s considered proper. The devil-may-care attitude of youth is somehow lost as we grow older, but who is to say we can’t recapture those moments? Let your hair down and remember what it was like to howl at the moon and laugh at, and with, life.

Have you ever walked away from security to find out what life feels like on the edge? Teetering on the brink, a chasm awaiting you, swallowing that fear and experiencing an explosion of senses as you face a risk like so many who have come before you. Courage is not measured by the chances avoided; no, courage is the embracing of those chances, and laughing at the fear that once crippled you.

Have you ever experienced unconditional love, a love so pure that it defies logic? Giving yourself completely to another human being, and knowing that you will not be judged, you will not be chastised, and you will always be supported; have you experienced it? Have you treated someone as your equal, and have you found that an important part of you is missing when the other is not there?

Have you ever felt totally and completely alive? All of your senses are in concert, playing a melody as old as time itself. The hair on the back of your neck stands up; your heart is pumping the life-giving fluid at such a rapid rate you feel you might explode, and yet you feel, strangely, in complete control….and there is serenity, for you are where you should be, doing what you should be doing, breathing in and out to the beat of an ancient drum.

Sit With Me Awhile

The Numbing Effect of Normalcy

It happens in fine increments, so fine, in fact, that we simply do not notice them. One day we are making snow angels, then the next we are remembering snow angels, and then we find ourselves forgetting them altogether.

We remember the sunsets, but become so busy with life we can’t seem to find the time to witness one.

We remember the joy of dating our spouse, the reckless abandon and longing in the eyes, but the years have robbed us of that abandon, that longing, and one day the fire has died and with it the joy.

We remember risk, the adrenalin rush of diving headfirst into the unknown, but today we tiptoe the straight and narrow, shaking our heads in dismay when we witness those who take chances.

The problem with normalcy is that it becomes, well, the norm! It is a safe cocoon, true, but it is also binding, stifling, and oh so repressive, and I would submit to you that man was not created to live within boundaries and embrace self-repression. We were given two feet with which to explore, two hands with which to create, and five senses with which to experience all the wonders of life, from the sweet scent of a woman’s hair to the exquisite softness of a baby’s skin.

It Is Not Too Late

Try this exercise: breathe in….breathe out…and then live like your tail is on fire! Somewhere in the deep recesses of your mind, you remember how to do it. It’s imprinted on your memory; all you have to do is scrape off the years of rust and let your imagination soar. All you have to do is say “to hell with it” and act like a child once again! All you have to do is…..live!

Are there risks? Most definitely! You run the risk of becoming ecstatic once again. You run the risk of feeling your heart pound and your senses explode. You run the risk of reaching your potential and of looking in the mirror and never again asking “what if.”

There will be those who will witness your metamorphosis and call you silly, and childish, and they will shake their heads in disdain. Pay them no mind, for deep inside them they are wishing they had conjured up the will to take one last trip around the track, and to squeeze one last ounce of unbridled passion out of their lives.

Today is your day! Right now is your moment! Get down on that grass, look up at the clouds, and say these three little words…..have I ever?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are so young and yet you feel so deeply. That is a combination we don't see often in this world. I know it is painful at times, to feel so deeply....but the world needs people like you, Rahul, so keep on being the person that you are.

      Thank you my young and wise friend.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I can relate to this hub very intimately.... Mostly to the holding a new born...

      My sister is 10 years younger to me... and I was the first from the family to hold her when she was born... and feeling is tough for words to explain...

      Happiness is something we all seek.... but you know Sir Bill... most youngsters at my age .. say have developed a very twisted meaning of happiness.... I wonder why is that... That is why i currently live alone... cause none of the folks around me think the way I do.... absolutely none...

      I seriously hope some redemption for them

      As for the hub... awesome in every sense

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I haven't read you start to finish, but I'm pretty fond of your book so far! Great main character!

      What are you doing on here on a Monday? Very nice to see you my dear!

      love and hugs,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I say 'yes' to all those things, with the exception of experiencing uncondtional love from someone other than family. I'm not sure that's even important to me anymore. At my point in life, I'm busting out and doing with life what I've dreamed, at least part of if. I did always dream of having a love that never stopped tickling, but that has fallen to the wayside. Maybe one day? Maybe one day I'll want that again? For now, I'm satisified with becoming the person I want to be. For the moment, I'm the only character in the book.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jamie! I always enjoy having you pay me a visit. I have to see if you have done anything new lately...I'll be right over. :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      I love the message in this hub :) Makes me think of that saying.. "live each day as if it were your last" and it's true. We really don't know... and with all of the beautiful things we have to see and do, it truly is a shame to let it pass us by. Thank you for another great hub :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you are in rare form this morning. Love the poetry at the end. I would love it more except that it rings very true. Sigh! Well, at least those of us who know how to live frugally don't have to fall as far!

      Thank you Paula!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Escobana, okay, maybe you don't need the cold and the shivers. LOL I love that you take risks and chances, and that you live life to the fullest. There will be time to rest when we are dead; until then, LIVE LIFE!

      Thank you!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Living life to the fullest, has taken on new meaning these days, as we are all discovering.......In 2012, if we have a full belly, a full gas tank and a full schedule of working, scrimping and saving ....we are living life to the MAX!! which rhymes with TAX....aka the knife in our BAX!

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Have I ever? Yes, I have! I love your Hub though it made me feel a little guilty.

      Guilty of trying out too many things, crossing too many boundaries and acting crazy too many times.

      But hey, I lived! And I still do, taking risks, feeling young as a kid but wise as a woman though one thing I will never enjoy....

      The cold, the shivers, the early morning fog or frost. My worst nightmare to be honest...LOL

      But you've seen my last Hub and walked with me, so I'm right where I want to be:-)

      Up, shared and Beautifully written!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Krsharp, I understand that completely...more often than not, I was dragged. :) I think perspective comes from the hardships and the inner-battles; at least it has for me. :) Thank you for your kind words my friend. Someone once told me...."Bill, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is the war is over; the bad news is you lost. " I remember that often!

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      I love the line, "as it should be." In my life's journey, I haven't always agreed with the choices that seem to have been placed on my blueprint for life but I do recognize that every single important thing has happened to get me to this very moment. Sometimes I was being pushed, at other times pulled and there were moments I had to be dragged but, here I am! You're a constant source of inspiration and insight. Thanks for your positive and loving work. -K

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I love life, and I'm happy that my love came through in this hub! Thank you for a great comment, and I wish you blessings as you go on with your life.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is up to the individual to make life enjoyable and if one fails in that part life would be boring, with such simple ways life can be most beautiful. You have opened the freedom of life in your Hub

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, I greatly appreciate you and I hope you know that. You are so young and yet so wise and in touch with what is important in life. Thank you my dear friend.

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Beautiful sir! this was a hub in motion for me, every word I read, was a picture before my eyes. Such a beautiful message, sometimes we just fail to look at things right in our way, don't we? A pleasure to read, thank you :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm so happy to hear from you after that storm. Yes, jumping in the waves.....so much fun in life and so little time my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arielqiao, there are many who need positive reinforcement in life; I am happy if my writing does that. Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Have you ever jumped in the ocean waves until you can't jump anymore...have you ever stayed up all night talking and laughing with a friend...have you ever crawled on the floor playing trains with your grandson....you are so right, its never too late to be a child and see the world with childlike eyes. Its never too late to remember how the love of your life became the love of your life...as always Bill, great hub with great thoughts.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you for telling me about the time you spent with your husband. Those are the moments that truly define our lives. I know that you understand that. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Bill, this is my second visit here and I enjoyed the read again. Such a good message on how to live life to the fullest. It's the simple things we enjoy that make life so wonderful. Just sat with my hubby today and chatted... nothing special, but so good to have a time to laugh together. Yes, have you ever? Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I'm so sorry about the scrolling issue! I don't know how in the world I can stop it, unless I choose to start doing recipes. LOL Just kidding all of you recipe writers!

      Yes, getting that second or third chance certainly does open our eyes, doesn't it? I'm sure glad you are still around to keep me company.

      By the way, you paid me a huge compliment....if I make you smile and feel good, then I figure I have done my job as a writer, so thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Bill - you make me smile - it's as simple and basic as that! I feel good when i come to visit - and always better when i leave!

      i adore morning - early, early - me, coffee, and the world - alone with each other for that very special moment - and - you make me feel that here!

      i have lived life to the fullest - and like you - was given a second - AND a third chance..

      i will never forget and i will be grateful every single day!

      Well, it's time to go take a little nappy-poo - it took soooo long to get all the way down here and i'm absolutely exhausted from scrolling..LOL..

      hub-sharing, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you obviously get it! Kids do have a way of helping us to focus on what is truly important. Thank you for that great comment my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it is my pleasure, and thank you for the kind words; I greatly appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Minnetonka, thank you for your friendship; you made an old writer very happy with those words. Life is a miracle and needs to be treated as such. To miss out on the lovely moment of star-gazing or woodpecker viewing is to miss out on so much of life. Thank you for being who you are!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Christy! This is Bev's favorite so far; I'll tell her you said you like it best. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, yes, I think it is wise not to do any hang gliding. Sandy wants her time in the limelight so just give it to her; she will cause whatever damage she feels like causing, and then we will move on with life like we humans always do. Be safe my dear friend.

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      What an awesome hub. The beauty of being an older parent has been that my daughter has reopened my eyes to the wonder of the world around us and so far these 10 years have been a wonderful ride.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was just wonderful Bill. You really do have a knack for inspiring us and making us think. I do remember laying in the grass and staring up at the clouds. I think we all need to lay in the grass every now and then. Thanks for making my day a little better. Bill

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is one of my faves by you so far Bill! I say 'so far' because I know you have many more drops of knowledge to share with us. Your uplifting hub is a pleasure to read and share.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Although I pride myself on being that person who still enjoys the early part of the morning when the sun is just coming up, my ultimate goal is to make it back up to that mountain and hang glide into my fear.

      Billy - I believe those of us who have truly lost almost everything as well as so many dear loved ones learn to appreciate what is matters most in this world.

      But not today - Sandy will toss me like a small piece of tissue!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Aww yes Billy~let's free ourselves of these chains that we CHOOSE to put on. I say daily to my family that I'm just a grown up kid. I think it's so important that we don't get stuck in the day to day things and forget to smell the roses, the violets and everything else. After cancer I was given the gift of remembering the blessing that life is. I giggle, I walk barefoot in the grass, I look up at the sky at night with awe of the stars and thank thank and thank God for what we have. Your hub gave me goosebumps and made me feel good. You know your such a good hub friend to me. Your writing is exquisite, real and always a uplift and inspiration. Thanks for being you Billy~Now I must go and check out the incredible woodpecker that's out my window

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catmalone, thank you so much! That is a lovely comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfmoran, yes, you can skip laying on the grass today....please stay safe my friend. My prayers are with you, and thank you!

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      catmalone 5 years ago

      This hub is so beautiful and inspiring. It feels like a breath of fresh air.

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great words from a fellow Boomer Bill. As Hurricane Sandy is starting to crash through our lives here on the South Shore of Long Island, I'll skip the part where you suggest lying on the grass, for now. I shall soon experience Mother Nature as never before in my 66 years. Thanks for encouraging me to make it a positive one.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I have loved your enthusiasm for life for a long time now, and you never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for the vitality you bring to this world. I know your life is not easy, but you carry yourself with grace, and you have such incredible compassion for others. I am grateful for your friendship, and thank you for your kind words about my book.

      Regarding Sandy, I pray for all of you on the east coast. Please make sure we are told when the worst is over, so we know you are safe.

      Blessings always,

      bill

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc, you are 100 per cent correct on everything you mention in this inspiring hub that reminds us to take time for the important things...that are FREE. I watch the sun rise every single morning on my walk...if it's raining, out comes the umbrella, the gray clouds in the sky floating overhead.

      I walk through a church lot every single morning, and I literally hug the big ball of orange mums and sniff their aroma...and say, "THANK YOU GOD for these awesome flowers!"

      I am in awe of the way nature is right on schedule with the leaves giving up, and the purple sky against a silhouette bare tree...a phenomenal sight.

      Everything you talk about is an encouragment to live every second of life to its fullest.

      You ask, 'have you ever held a newborn baby?' I did a few weeks ago, little Connor Joseph, my first great grandchild. I could have held him forever.

      I take a coffee mug on my morning walks, smell the neighbor's pine tree...a wonderful way to start the day.

      GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      PS: I FINISHED YOUR BOOK AND I WILL BE WRITING YOU SEPARATELY ABOUT IT...COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW IT WOULD END, AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. You have a super creative mind!

      Right now we are in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy, and it is due here soon, so we may lose power. Will stay in touch, you are a terrific writer!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I look forward to many more shared between us. Thank you my dear and blessings to you always.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read as always and leaves much food for though.

      As inspiring as ever and here's to so many more for us both on here.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you are oh, so right! Incredible? Well thank you; I'm just a guy who has finally figured it out. :) Thank you lil' Sis!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deepak, you are welcome, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, if this has motivated you then I am a happy writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, it makes little difference that it took so long; what is important is that you now do it. Best wishes to you my friend; thank you and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, unique for sure, and blessed! Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      There's nothing like shaking up that routine to make you bring back the memories and try (or re-try) all those fun things. I love your pictures, too, BB. You are incredible!

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks to share this motivational and informative hub.

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub, inspirational and motivates me! Thank you. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, the sad fact is it took Geoff and I almost 12 years before we watched the sun come up together. Can you imagine?! Absolutely ridiculous. I'm glad we have now, and I'm glad we are trying to live life to the fullest. There is so much to explore, do, experience, try for the first time, enjoy, embrace. This was a fantastic article friend! Sharing all over today. Great job! :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. I admit, my circumstances were somewhat unique.But once I was free of "I can't" my world opened up. I can go to New York just to see Cats. I can make flags float in air. I can save this industrial arts program. Rich... hardly.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I agree completely! I just isn't worth it, and I ain't going there! :) Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      True freedom in life is never growing up. Once you grow up, you lose the child within. To me, it was never worth it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are a doll, and thank you! Yes, I fully realize what happened.....it has been a long climb, as has yours, but man I love the view from the top. :) I deserve happiness, and you deserve happiness, and damn it, we are going to get what we deserve. How cool is that?

      love you too my dear,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Watergeek, thank you so much, and I celebrate with you. I don't buy into that b.s. about being too old. I know people who worried about security and died in their thirties....how secure is that? Life is a crap shoot at best and I'm all for getting my money's worth while I'm still breathing. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love that you are even thinking about adopting. Blessings to you; you have given this adopted child a big smile. :) Whatever you decide, I am sure that it will be for reasons of love.

      Take care of you, and I send you a smile in return.

      bill

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Courage to me is walking through fear to see what's on the other side. Certain members of my family would say I'm too old to be doing that now, that I should be more concerned with security. But I just did it again today, and today another hard knot inside of me opened up to let me love more deeply and experience more fully. I love this hub, billybuc. It captured life for me beautifully!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I am overflowing with a love of life, and I want everyone to share in my joy! I look around and see so much sadness; if my words can help for even five minutes then what a rush that is for a writer. :) Thank you my dear; you are a jewel and I am proud to be your online friend.

      Peace and happiness to you, today and all days,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I think adults just get too bogged down in work, paying bills, and handling other responsibilities, and it's sad that it happens. I appreciate you my friend, and I'm happy if my positive hubs help others in any way. That is why I write. :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stillwaters, you are very welcome!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Bill, Bill, Bill,

      While reading this sheer piece of written joy here . . . one word after the next and then the next and then, well, we are on that mountain top again. That last part . . . "It's Not Too Late" really brought it home for me. I even did the breathing exercise and oops, there's that little flicker of flame again coming around from . . . Ha. I love your running the risks of . . . sounds thrilling . . . to live again!

      That previous section on the numbing effects of normalcy . . . well how profound . . . and numbing indeed!!!

      Love this write. Glad you have woken us up to actually LIVE THIS LIFE!!!

      Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, I love these hubs, the positivity that exudes out of your writing. Wonder why we as adults lose that gay abandon which we as children had? Would taking a lighter view of life and things help? Just wondering!

      Up, beautiful and awesome.

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the tip, Bill. My book is directly related to my hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, as I read this I sensed you had reached an epihany. There was a crescendo which wound down at the end of 'Have You Ever'. I heard you talking to yourself for whatever reason necessary, then when you reached the end of 'Have You Ever', which is where Bev came into your self talk, you became more calm. You had found the answer to your consternation. Yet you still shared with us.

      You had a moment. You called out and you received the answer. Are you as proud of yourself as I am of you? Do you realize what just happened? Whoo Hoo! You did it! You did it!

      l love you with all my self, Bill!

      Sha

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your writing is so inspiring, maybe i'll tiptoe through the tulips again, but i'll have to wait for spring to arrive. I am learning each and every day that life is precious and there is much to do. I have this desire to adopt a baby, but I put it back into the things to do someday. Strange that I have this desire. When I see a baby in a store, I want to hold it so badly. The man who mows my grass told me that he adopted two children and they are the joy of his life. Thank you for sharing wisdom my friend..Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, it is always a pleasure having you visit. I look forward to your return, and thank you!

      Blessings to you always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, you understand as well as I do, that family and friends are what life is all about....and of course, love! Thank you my friend, and prayers for you as the storm comes onshore.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stillwaters, thank you for the visit once again. Regarding posting your book site, the only restriction is the book has to relate to the subject of the hub. HP will flag you if you post a book that is non-related to the subject of your hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, and I knew I would forget your name, so thank you for including it again.....I was a hippie wannabe during the 60's.....so I hope you never outgrow that desire to stop and look at sunsets. You don't sound hokey at all; in fact, you sound like someone I want to call a friend for the rest of my life. :)

      Thank you Liz!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hi billy.. I am visiting.. and I got to read this wonderful hub.. Makes me glad to be alive.. Many blessings my friend

      I will be back full time in a couple of weeks

      Debbie

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Been there done that. Love is around us and it feels like we want to shout in the middle of the highway! Great exercise you mention. Great hub. Thanks fopr keeping up with your friends and with life!

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      A couple of weeks ago the little one and I rode the bike along Bayshore as the sun was setting. Now, we enjoy the most beautiful sensets here in Dunedin, but this one was beyond words magnificent. Drivers pulled over, runners stopped to take photos, dog walkers took a break . . . it was a scene that forced everyone to get into the moment. I know it sounds hokey, but it seemed as though the answer to world peace existed in that sunset, do you know what I mean? Anyway, your hub reminded me of that.

      Yeah, I know, I'm such a hippie. LOL -Liz

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Yes, Bill, we must enjoy the beauty of God's creation in all forms. Off subject: you are the second hubber I've seen to post his book in a hub. I'm glad to know we can do that. Good hub, thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you must mentioned two of my favorite things to do....running through a corn field and climbing trees. Love it, love it, love it! I am so happy that you are appreciating the little things around us; life is a constant joy!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy my dear, I'm sorry you had that experience as a child, but thankfully you are making up for lost time now. By the way, do you know how good it makes me feel to read that you feel great just reading something I have written? Thank you so much for that! I have a big old grin on my face right now!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I still love the swings! Some things we are never too old to play with. :) Good for you, and thank you for yet another visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, I do, indeed, know what you are talking about, and I'm sending a prayer your way. By the way, I love your new profile picture. :) Thank you Michele!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, what a great picture you just painted. I'm guessing those places are still there, just waiting for you!

      Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, I love that you did that with you son. Bev and I get quite a few strange looks when we are out in public; I figure that's their problem because we are living life to the fullest.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mpropp, you are very welcome, and thank you for another visit. May you always find the magic in life!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, what a beautiful vision, finding the child in you. The child in me is never too far away.

      I still get the urge to climb a trees, run through a corn field and skinny deep in the ocean. However, convention and arthritis tends to hold me back, so instead, I gaze at the sunrise and sunset, I try to take pleasure in the beauty and simplicity of a flower, a child's smile. I'm learning to appreciate the small things in life, now all I need is the time. :) Another great piece.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I learned repression early in life, Bill. I remember once in the little VW bug my dad drove with my mom in front next to my dad, and my bro and sis with me in the back seat, I was singing as a little kid with a pop/rock song on the radio. I was giving it my best shot at the british accent of the artist. My mom turned around and said "do you know how ridiculous you sound?" My dad said "I like the way she sounds and I like hearing her sing." Somehow, I believed my mom. I felt ashamed and never sang in the presence of anyone again.

      I do everything ass-backwards, Bill. And, I'm glad. Now, past young adulthood, I see wonder in everything. I see miracles in everyday occurrances. I've reached a stage in my life where every day is another blessing. I appreciate everything. What I would have taken for granted as a child, now lights up my life.

      Great article. It made me feel great just reading it. Thank you, Bill.

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, your hub reminded me of a time recently when I was at a playground and I got on the swing, and swung higher and higher, just like when I was a child, and I didn't care who was watching or what they thought!

      Great Hub about living life to the fullest!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Another amazing one. I do remember days like that, and am waiting for days that are coming. Wel,l right now my life is exciting, and I am praying that what I am trying to do works. You already know what I am talking about. Thank you for writing this hub.

      Michele

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Yes I remember those mornings in the Sierra Grande. Waking to the chill and still unlit skies. I remember making the campfire, and brewing the coffee, sitting on a granite boulder over a cold wild river and seeing the sun greet the day! The skinny dipping in the warm afternoons...I remember.

      Mark

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      I really enjoyed this Bill, a wonderful, motivating and positive message. The other week I was out shopping with my son, and we had a race running the wrong way up the escalators (running up the one that was going down...) it was really so much fun, despite the looks I got from other "adult" shoppers... some call me childish, but now I feel vindicated! :-) Great hub, love the message, votes and shares all round methinks...

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for this lovely reminder that there is still so much wonder and joy to discover and experience in our lifetime. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Randi, and thank you for always being here. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      love, love, love! if only everyone could live like this, what a nicer world this would be! Thank you, Bill for always putting it right!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula.....YES!

      I'm the same my friend. I can vividly remember my childhood, and my teen years, and my college years, and I look in the mirror and have a hard time reconciling those memories with what I see in my reflection. How the hell did time go so quickly? People say it seems like only yesterday, and I see the truth in that statement....it does seem like yesterday when I was doing all of those "childish" things.

      I'm not going out any other way than kicking and screaming. I love life!!!!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....YIPEE! I'm game to being a kid again! (providing I can prove I ever grew up)... I know childhood is long gone, but I still have "silly daydreams." It has to be OK, because I'm not giving them up.

      I do not know where time has gone. When I stop to actually think about this, it leaves me stunned and a little sad too. But, just for a moment.

      I need to ask you and maria....Does "clueless" mean the same as carefree and worry free?? Just say, "Yes," please. ...UP+++

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is so easy to take the everyday miracles for granted. Thank you for sharing and always being here. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I sure hope it isn't too much of an adventure. Stay safe and best wishes to all of you as that monster heads towards shore. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Bill, for reminding us that it's never too late to live life to the fullest! You are inspiring! Now I'm ready to go out at dawn and see the sunrise over the Atlantic...or maybe see Hurricane Sandy charge in to the Outer Banks...either way will be an adventure! :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for reminding all of us to appreciate the little things, Bill. The unconditional love that goes unnoticed, the little baby....all these slip by if we don't grab hold of them and are more important than so many other things we look for! Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      StephSev, thank you so much! I appreciate you taking time this Sunday and read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, a very Happy Birthday to you! I am so happy I was able to give you a gift today:) Thank you for taking the time on your special day to read this, and have a wonderful day....today and always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I love that saying of your dad's. What a great line.....may you always resist growing up my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you sweet-talking thing, you! LOL The world is perfect.....in increments. :) I just wish those damn crows weren't so loud. LOL

      Okay, I'm done having my laugh. Thank you for being who you are; I am blessed to have you as a friend.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Awesome hub @billybuc. Thank you. I voted up.