So much wasted time 28.11.2017

So much wasted time

 R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 28th November 2017

Firstly before going on to the main subject congratulations are in order for Prince Harry and Meghan whose engagement was announced yesterday.

Daily Telegraph 28.11.2017
Daily Telegraph 28.11.2017

On 31st October the subject of the Blog of the Day was People’s Famous Last Words.

Within the last week David Cassidy has died and his daughter says his last words or some of them were “So much wasted time”. In my mind I think with someone achieving so much how can he say “So much time wasted”, It just shows we do not know anything about other people’s lives.

Mamma asked me, jokingly, what my last words will be and I said, after reading all those listed on 31st October, they may be the same as James Dean – “That guy’s got to stop… He’ll see us.” You just do not know.

But if I am in a less active, less stressful  and more controlled situation, out of all the wise words uttered I think I would have to say the same as David Cassidy.

David Cassidy
David Cassidy

In my retirement I have reflected on a frantic working life which left me stressed with no time to really enjoy life and living. That was so much wasted time. Pointless time, when I achieved nothing.

I had a stroke in 2005 and took stock. At that time I thought I was at the end of my time and I did an audit of my life and realised that from being 35 years old for 22 years I had not lived but existed. I’d wasted life and just ended up treading water. And so I changed, I had to.

But it meant that 22 valuable, prime years were lost and wasted, dedicated to work leaving no leisure time. Work that was pointless and not only did I not enjoy it I hated it. Even the bit of leisure time I had I committed to filling with things that were not satisfying and I hated.

My dad left us when I was 7 years old and from being 7 years old to being 16 years old I had to take on a more adult roll in the family and hated that time too. I really missed my dad. So it was a wasted childhood. But I am making up for it now with my second childhood with my grandchildren. Thanks grandchildren.

Another section of wasted time was with my mum. There was always too much work commitment so I never had time to spend with her. Always something more important to do. I always thought, I need to work so I do not have time to go and see her. But when I finally make all my money I will have time to spend with her. But of course, it did not happen. Inevitably, she became ill and died. And again I had wasted time and missed out on important time with her and missed out on a another vital relationship.

So I now try to live life to the full and not waste time. I try to make the most of every moment, making lots of time for family, grandchildren, friends and things I want to do barring anything I don’t want to do.

I think it is called making up for lost time. But there will still be a 22 year + 9 year gap of so much wasted time in my life.

Daily Metro  28.11.2017
Daily Metro 28.11.2017
Daily Mail  28.11.2017
Daily Mail 28.11.2017



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