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The Amniotic Fluid of Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 15, 2013

Welcome to Life

The life-giving amniotic fluid flows around us….warm, inviting, and comforting. The muffled sounds of a heartbeat can be heard, and although its significance is not understood, it remains the anchor to which this new vessel is moored.

The senses slowly develop, increasing in scope daily as the moment of freedom approaches, and the tiny appendages strain to break free from the nine-month solitary confinement. Always there is a sense of safety, of being connected with another “being,” and surely freedom is needed and yet the first sense of fear invades as the unknown is about to become real and suddenly overwhelming.

From safety to the great unanswerable in one giant push. We come into this world kickin’ and a screamin’, stretching those limbs, bellowing to the world and demanding to be heard, recognized and dealt with.

And dealt with we are.

Tentative, baby steps
Tentative, baby steps | Source
Feeling my oats at seventeen
Feeling my oats at seventeen | Source

FIVE

Oh the wonder of it all. Every single day….every single day…is a day of discovery and joyfulness. New stimulations, new aggravations, new celebrations and new situations, all there, a feast for the famished and an ongoing learning center for one eager….no, desperate….to learn.

We stumble and bumble and grumble our way through life, exhilarated by the mysteries and challenges and yet tethered to the life line of parental love. We are shaped and molded, conforming to the gentle guidance of our mother and father, all the while testing the limits, stretching that life line to find its tensile strength.

FIFTEEN

We know it all, baby, and if we don’t know it we’ll be damned if we will mention that fact to our parental units, who are strangling us with supervision and rules and mundane chores meant to choke the life out of us and extinguish forever our creativity and freedom.

The exhilaration has diminished, replaced in part by fear, hesitation and doubt, and the mysteries of life no longer appear appealing but rather foreboding and threatening. There have been enough defeats by now so that challenges are to be weighed and debated rather than faced head-on without reservation.

TWENTY-FIVE

Freedom, sweet freedom! The long sought-after adulthood has arrived and yes it is liberating and exciting, but it is also a bit scary, for freedom carries with it a price to be paid, and if not paid now it will surely increase over the years as interest begets interest and the Piper will always collect his due.

Play hard, work hard, live for today on the off-chance there is no tomorrow, but still hold onto those dreams, for life has yet to squash them into so much pulp and meaningless tripe….in fact, the view of tomorrow is still bright and hopeful. Twenty-five years with so much still to do.

Responsibilities are taking some of the luster away from life
Responsibilities are taking some of the luster away from life | Source

THIRTY-FIVE

Obligations and responsibilities are starting to tarnish the sparkle just a bit. We find that unlimited possibilities diminish with time, and the first mention of shoulda, coulda and woulda have entered our vocabulary.

Still there is hope; if only this and if only that, and the smooth, unobstructed pavement of the future indeed has potholes and deep drop-offs if we are not careful….and careful seems to be the catch-word of the day as our breakneck rush into the future has become a plodding advancement on borrowed time.

FORTY-FIVE

Mundane replaces wonder and isn’t that a shame, and shame rhymes with game and the game is survival my friends, and when exactly did the dream die, only to be replaced with a clouded memory of long ago aspirations and inspirations?

We work, we eat, we sleep and then do it all over again, 24/7/365, one endless march into sameness, weighed down by too much of this and too little of that. Perhaps now would be a good time for some artificial stimulation to replace the magic that life once held for us.

FIFTY-FIVE

Ten more years and freedom will once again be ours, and won’t that be a wonderful thing….or will it? Carelessness has been replaced by carefulness, as if each of us has our own personal governor on our internal engines, preventing us from ever reaching warp speed, resigning us to the plodding pace of a Clydesdale working the fields.

Colors are muted and our senses, long ago desensitized by lack of use, fail to see, touch, hear, taste and speak of magic. Just ten more years and it will all be worth it, all of the compromises and deals with the inner demons….just ten more years.

Refusing to go quietly in the night
Refusing to go quietly in the night | Source

SIXTY-FIVE

And the once energetic body has found limitations it never dreamed existed, and the mind is slowly losing sharpness and focus, and the slide that began so many years ago is picking up steam and the Piper is now demanding payment for all of those second-chances.

Now, instead of eat, work and sleep, it is only eat and sleep. We seem to be tired constantly as we find that excesses demand their day in court, and the verdict is in and it is not favorable. The retirement fund has come up short, and short is our stride as we shuffle off to the great crap shoot where each day is a bonus and maybe a blessing.

SEVENTY-FIVE

The average life expectancy and here we are, the culmination of seven decades since that little rascal burst forth into this world, and what a trip it has been, or what a life it hasn’t been, depending on how you lived it and how you wasted it.

There is no denying the effects of the aging process at this point; no putting off till tomorrow which must be done today. Take the daily pills and try to stretch that quarter-mile walk; stay in touch with a diminishing circle of friends and think back to what was, what could have been and what will be.

EIGHTY-FIVE

The Piper is now at the doorstep, and an extended pay period is not granted. We have finally reached the point where there are no second chances, no do-overs, no Mulligans. We look back over the landscape of our lives and what do we see?

Where did it go? The youth, the energy, the unbridled confidence…where did it go? How is it possible that that little tyke of five is now at this point? And what about this point? Is there another life waiting for us behind door number one, or do we find only nothingness when the door opens and we gaze at our ending

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I hope you continue to look for new vistas | Source

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A chat about life

Where Are You on the Countdown?

We get to choose you know. We get to control our lives along this timeline, and we get to decide whether we will have a governor on our accelerator or if we will live life with the pedal to the metal.

We get to choose whether we are just living to exist or living to maximize every experience. We can embrace the mundane or we can kick it to the curb and seek thrills, chills and the occasional spills. We can settle for less or demand more. We can snuggle close to conformity or spit at it as we forge a new life on the outer reaches.

We get to choose.

I don’t know about you, but I plan on leaving this world kickin’ and a screamin’, just like I did when I entered it. I have a ton still left to do, and I’m going to be pissed when my final days are upon me. No quiet bedside vigil for this man; rather, I think I’ll go out with a blue streak of cuss words. And when I draw my last breath, I want my ashes to be released from a speeding car flying down the highway at 100 mph, lifted up by the winds and scattered on the seven seas, there to become, once again, a part of the amniotic fluid of life.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I love the way you plan on leaving this world Bill and like to think I will try my best to do the same or similar. My great-grandfather was know to say that the reason he stayed active and walked was so that when death came knocking he wasn't home! So, I truly want to have his vigor and felling for life as I get older. Wonderful Bill and hoping you are starting the day well today!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My favorite insult and admonishment I try to hear daily: "Eric you need to grow up". Oh really? And what God made that rule? And second unto it is: "get your head out of the clouds". But wait it is so beautiful up here! Age is a mystery to me. All my children seem to have been born wiser than their much older father. Great hub my friend.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      It was purely coincidence, but at exactly the same moment my coffee pot chirped to let me know my favorite morning beverage was ready, my computer dinged to let me know I had a new email.

      And there it was, a new hub from one of my favorite authors. Now coincidence or not, this is shaping up to be a great day.

      Your description of the journey through this thing we call life is the best I have ever read. Unfortunately, my own bracket appears way down toward the bottom of your list.

      But like you, I will go out kicking and screaming, and hoping like hell that reincarnation is real.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I love that line.....if death can't find you then nothing will happen. LOL Yep, that sums it up pretty well. Thank you dear friend and have a great Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Eric, here's hoping those kids of yours never grow up. Their dad did alright for sure. :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I'm glad I arrived with the coffee. Just consider me a 160 pound donut. LOL

      Seriously, thank you...I just hit 65 so we know where I am on this timeline, but I refuse to act like it.

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      I'm with you Bill as I will go kicking and screaming all the way. Nope I'm not going without a fight. There is to much stuff I have yet to do and places yet to see. My health is good so unless I get hit by a truck or something I plan on being around for quite awhile yet. When I do go though I've told my kids just put my body on a surf board and put me adrift of the Na Pali coast of Kauai and I shall recycle with whatever gets to me first.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, if I could raise my children again I would advise them to never grow up.

      Wow, I could put a serious dent into a 160 pound donut.

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      Sorry about the typo there, that should have been off the Na Pali coast. One of these days I will get a computer that knows how to spell what I'm trying to say........................

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I see your point of view well and I think we share that never lay down and give up mentality but believe me what awaits us neither eye has seen nor ear heard, beautiful beyond description so we could not comprehend the wonder of it but I look forward to it and certainly hope to see you there!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I love it. I'll see you in the surf, buddy. LOL We'll catch up on old stories while we wait for the next wave.

      Thanks buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sound advice, Poolman...sound advice. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Larry, you would think that technology could do that, wouldn't you? What the hell????

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I'm sure it is beautiful, but I'm going to wring every ounce of life here first before I head upstairs. :) Thank you as always my dear friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      An interesting perspective and a reminder to live each day. Focusing on the negative stuff is so unproductive and frankly sad. This came at a good time for me..dealing with some family sadness that I must face and move it. Always easier said than done. Leaving kicking and screaming..sounds good to me. I always keep an arsenal of fun projects going...and find things I look forward to ..getting up in the morning. Perfect

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Ahhh....The full circle of life. I, too hope to see those twilight years and hopefully still with a twinkle in my eye. Nicely done!

      Wishing You a Wonderful Day in the Circle,

      Kim

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      At 5 it all seems forever, at 75 it flies by like a broken down damn....

      Great work BIll:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, best wishes on that family matter....thank you as always for the visit and reflective words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim! My day will be as good as I allow it to be. :) And quite frankly I'm allowing it to be fantastic. Best wishes to you as well my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ain't that the truth, Mark. LOL I hope I can get mine repaired. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your words are a battle cry against aging gracefully and slipping away of boredom. Your full of life and it flows through your writing. I will always wear purple and never let go of my dreams even when I will struggling to remember them in a few decades :) Awesome!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      In love with the seventeen year old photo. I also intend to get the most of life down to the last drop. thank you for an invigorating read.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect! Thank you!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very true observaton of the stages of life Bill. Time speeds by so fast, got to make the most of every day. Well written and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I love purple and I love you attitude and outlook on life. Sending you blessings across the Atlantic and thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this is deep Bill! I spent so much of my life on full speed ahead. Then I had to slow down to raise my son and become a responsible citizen and role model for my him. Those years were living for the day and living for my son's future. My future and dreams got put aside. They didn't show their starry face again until I was 55. Wow, talk about scared! Gaining momentum, learning the new age that crept up while I wasn't looking and losing the confidence that this once-upon-a-time-ago spirited, unencumbered girl possessed is a trial in itself. But she's still in there and I feel her kicking to come out and play.

      I'm listening to the radio right now. There's a line in the song "sooner or later it will be over and I don't want to lose who I am". How appropriate!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Dora! Have a wonderful day, and life, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Randi! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Get the most out of life my friend; before you know it you will be an old man like me. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, great comment and your last line is the best. If we can keep from losing who we are then life is full of rewards we never dreamed about....and happiness....and contentment. Thank you my dear.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      A splendid, metaphorical look at the curve of life, Bill! Life is meant to be lived, and--yes--we do get a choice, even when we're further down the line. Like you, I agree with the poet Dylan Thomas:

      "Do not go gentle into that good night,

      Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

      Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

      UP/AWESOME

      Jaye

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is great! I love the way you say that you want to go out of here kicking and screaming with your ashes thrown out of a fast moving vehicle! LOL Work hard, play hard. Good motto!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Damn fine article! You call it like you see it.

      Honesty to the end.

      You have given us much to think about.

      Thank you, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, that is the perfect poem for this article. Thank you for your kind words and I'm very happy that you enjoyed it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, we used to say "go balls out"....not sure what the literal meaning is but you get the picture. LOL Thank you Brandi and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then DJ, think we shall do. :) Thanks for always being here my dear friend.

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most people think or say age is just a number but for some age has everything to do with their lives, and I am full of life in my forties and enjoying each day. I fell I have lot s to give and want to enjoy my life lots more, so much to do and so much to look forward to. A very thoughtful hub and a great look at life

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      Sandra Mireles 3 years ago from Texas

      Loved your hub. Voted up and Awesome!

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Very insightful hub. I however, am eternally childish and child-like.. lmao.. I am sharing this hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, as long as you feel that way you will continue to enjoy life. May you have a long and happy life my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smireles, thank you so much. It was nice of you to visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, I love that you are....and I hope you always will be. Thank you for sharing.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I'm with you, my friend--I'll be kicking and screaming all the way. There's just too much left to do, and too much fun to be had to let that all slip away. Speaking of slipping away, you had it right about the old brain losing some of its edge. I notice it more now than ever before; it's just a good thing they invented the thesaurus!

      Have a good one ;) Pearl

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Kicking and screaming... yep, that's billybuc! I just kind of figured I'd melt into the sunset - no big deal. But, I like your way of living life abundantly with every single breath.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This is a very clever title for your article that covers those stages of growth and change that we all experience as we grow older. I certainly agree with everything you wrote since I have had the joy of experiencing many years in this world.

      I think now that I've grown older that I am a more relaxed as I've learned to appreciate the little things in life. I strive to do those things that please me as much as possible while still taking care of responsibilities. Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, there is no doubt that my memory is slowly fading. It's not a hindrance but it is noticeable. Sigh!

      Yes indeed my friend; far too much to do still; I have no time for death. LOL

      Thank you as always, Connie!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I wasted far too many years back in my drinking days; I really need to make up for lost time. Full speed ahead my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. The title came to me this morning after having named it something else yesterday. I'm glad I changed it and thanks for affirming it with your comment.

      Ah yes, the little things in life. I, too, have found great appreciation for them.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I don't know if I'll go kicking and screaming or ride quietly off into the sunset. What I hope I know during that last few minutes is whether or not I made a positive impact in someone's life at some point in mine.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sheila, the mystery is over then because you already have. :) Thanks for the beautiful thought.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. What a timely read this is for me. I am getting ready to head off on another adventure. We are leaving for a cruise around the Mediterranean with a bunch of very interesting stops. I can guarantee you that I'll be the first one off the ship when in port and the last one back on before it leaves. In between I hope to discover lots of new and interesting places.

      I'm with you, I plan to go out kickin' and screamin'. I'll check back in a few weeks when we are back. Hold down the fort while I'm gone.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, have a great time. Remember, that is research for your future book and I'm thinking some of it is tax deductible. :) I'm always thinking like a writer, buddy.

      Enjoy!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “..and the Piper is now demanding payment for all of those second-chances.” One of my favorite sentences in this great hub, Bill. “We get to choose,” And that is what it is all about; choices and possibilities. Thank you for this hub, Bill. It made my day – and my week. Inspirational, candid, and original. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you so much. Your comment is music to my ears and brought a big old grin to my face. :)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      You speak my language, Bill, and mortality seems to punctuate every dialogue, monologue, and dream these days and nights.

      Was just asking that worn out cliche of a question today...tossed it to one of my neighbors..."Where did the time go?"

      Maybe that's one reason we write...so that the present day cave walls can bear our scratches, scrawls, and often futile attempts to make sense of it all.

      At the end of the day, we have a hope that there'll be yet one more...

      Kickin' and screamin' right alongside of you, my friend! An aloha way to go!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, the metaphor about the cave is a classic.... your mind never ceases to amaze me, buddy, and it's an honor to carry on side by side with you. Thank you always.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Don't do it Dear Bill!!! Talk about awesome introductions! LOL I just love this one dear Bill, for it is you 100% no holding back in this life. I love how you describe each phase of life, and reminds me of my know-it-all age being 16, when all parents do not know a thing, and we all know it all LOL How, ridiculous in looking back now! But it is fun to look back at this life we have lived and what we have learned and what we still have much to learn. I believe we should be like children still, as far as wondering about all that we have yet to discover in this life, and there still is much to experience. Hey, we are here, and let us live it until it is time to go on to our true home. I am with Jackie, we sure would love to see you on the other side, once this temporal life, which is fleeting is gone.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Faith, I don't have any plans on going anywhere else but up after I die. ;) Thank you so much. I'm going to get my money's worth out of this life before I move on. To do anything else would be to cheat myself and my loved ones, and I won't do that.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is inspirational and interesting, as always, Bill! Thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.There is one problem with living an outrageous life... not being able to anymore.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Billy to leave kicking and screaming like we arrived. A wonderful hub and voted up plus shared as always. Here's to many more hubs for sus both to share on here for along time to come.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, of that there can be no doubt. Blessings to you, Sir, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! I will not go quietly into the night. Far too much still to do my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Amazing hub Bill. Fantastic message and so very, very true. Great job and awesome writing here!

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Fantastic hub! It is so true and makes you think! Time doesnt stand still and before you know it the shoulda, woulda, coulda has come and gone!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! High praise and I am very appreciative.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      As you can imagine, Bill, I voted and am living " full speed ahead and loving the journey"!

      I also love the idea of spitting at conformity. I laughed aloud as I can hardly wait for the day when I can truly exhibit my " inner old lady potty mouth"...! Oh how the heads will turn, only I probably won't halfway see it!

      You are beautiful...so is this writing. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, if that potty mouth ever surfaces I want you to tape the show. LOL That would be an instant YouTube classic.

      Thank you dear heart.

      love,

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Interesting approach to life, Bill ... and death. Makes me think of that old joke: 'When I die I want to go like grandpa: peacefully, in my sleep. Not screaming like everyone else in the car.' :)

      Have a lovely weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...that was great, drbj! Thanks for the laugh to end my night with. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I have to grow old, but I don't have to grow up! You've said so in so many words. Embracing the youth inside. sometimes it isn't easy but it can be done.

      Don't sit in a chair and bemoan your age, get out and move! Always dance to the music.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you must have been gone recently; you are doing a lot of catching up this morning and I thank you for taking the time tor read four of my hubs. Thank you so much my friend.....dance to the music indeed!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      It's certainly a shame we lose the wonder, the thirst for input, the acceptance of adventure and the lack of fear as we grow older. It's true we have so much to distract us from the wonder of life and from all our ambitions. But then how good it is to be able to re-focus later in life and to try to claw back some of what we missed! I've realised after the last decade or so that I've missed out on some moments, that I should have concentrated on people and life more but how do we know at the time?! Now I'm determined to make the most of what's around me and the time I have left. It's too late to mourn what I've missed but not too late to do things better and to grasp at opportunities.

      The best thing about this hub is that it can urge younger readers to follow their dreams, to not be afraid of pushing oneself and it teaches we oldies to take life by the horns and 'go get it'.

      Great! This is a wonderful trip through life that concentrates on an up-beat philosophy, that reminds me of many things and that draws a reaction from me of 'Amen to all that'. I'm off to dance down the street, sing my favourite songs at the top of my voice and grab everyone by the hand on my way to get them to join in - well, figuratively anyway in case they lock me up first! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann....LOL...you go, girl! Just be careful; I don't want you locked up.

      You said it perfectly my friend. There is no reason to sit around mourning lost opportunities. Let's just live the rest of our lives in love with life and get the most out of it that we can.

      I'll meet you on the street corner if you'll save a dance for me. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Sure will! Look forward to that! :D

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll see you there, Ann! :)

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Bill

      I always love reading your inspiring hubs.

      A good friend of mine told me of a fellow colleague who died recently. She was on vacation and got news that her father died. A couple days later she died.

      No one knows how they will meet their maker but I hope I go out of this world dancing.

      Voted up +++

      Have a great week!

      Sue

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, I love that...go out dancing! Well said my friend and I hope you do too...foxtrot or waltz?

      Enjoy each day, Sue!

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am a firm believer in living life to the fullest. If you keep healthy, exercise, have faith, and stay positive you should live well until the final curtain closes. My dad lived to be a ripe 93 living life in this fashion. Thanks for the lowdown on reality!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, if that is the secret to a long life then you and I will live to be one hundred. Hopefully we will still be writing then. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's the ticket! Live it with all the gusto that you can and when it is gone, ask for more. When the day of reckoning is upon you, hold on for dear life, until you can do it no more. Will there be more? You bet there will, but I ain't tellin' ya. Go see for yourself, and tell 'em that I sent ya.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Deb! Until then, I'm pretty busy living life for all it's worth. :) Thanks for the smile.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....Simply fabulous. .."a feast for the famished and an ongoing learning center..for one eager....no, desperate to learn...." I LOVE that, bill.

      You know where I am in the countdown, bro....one little step beyond yours......and of course, to be 100% truthful, I had to choose, "some days yes; some days, no." But, the more I think about that....that's the way it's always been. Don't know how much further I may go, but I'll keep the pace CON MUCHO GUSTO, AMIGO!!!! .....Happy Halloween....BOO!!!......UP++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you! This is one of those that flowed easily from brain to computer. They don't all come out this smoothly; some are like yanking teeth. :)

      Boo yourself and Happy Halloween, Sis!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Some days yes and some days no was my answer to your poll. I know I've said it before, but when you have a child a little bit later in life, your outlook changes. Now I'm back to awe and wonder (sometimes) when I experience life with my daughter. Nice hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I know that feeling exactly. I was a single parent starting when I was forty.....my life became much more alive when I began to see the world through his eyes. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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