In the last ten years I have faced cancer and survived a stroke.
Let me be the one to tell you that your health is no joke.

In the last ten years I had a marriage end in divorce.

Keeping my family together at any cost wasn’t something I could force.

In the last ten years I found a new love more than a few times at that.
I learned once again relationships can quickly go flat.

In the last ten years I lost my mother way too early.

I haven’t quite recovered from that leaving me a little surly.

In the last ten years I lost relatives and friends to cancer and other things.
Now all I have are memories and that really fucking stings.

In the last ten years I missed my son grow into a man.
I struggle with this daily and wonder where he went in such a short span.

I want to turn back the clock for those things that I missed.
But truly it’s just a waste of time sitting around getting pissed.

In the last ten years I didn’t think to enjoy each and every day.
I missed all the little things in life that are often pushed away.

In the last ten years there are many things I forgot to do.
I doubt that I am the only one, maybe even you.

My advice to all is take the time to stop and smell the roses.
And try to enjoy the little things in life before it’s your book that closes.

“I couldn’t sleep one night and had so many thoughts of regret running through my mind. I just started writing them down.” – Damon.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Editor at NY Literary Magazine
Amanda holds an M.A. in History. She loves well-written poetry and romance novels. Amanda has 2 cats and a 3-year-old son.
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