Yes, you kept hoping the kids would graduate, get a job, settle down.
You kept hoping your figure would get back to the before stage.
You kept hoping your money, or whatever money you could put aside, kept growing and growing.
You turned the page one day and events got away from you.
The last time I visited this couple, my little brother Luigi and his lovely wife, was ten years ago. He's now as old as I was then. My children are ten years older; my grandchild is a teen now, as tall as I am.
I miss him. I miss my other brother and his wife and children. I miss everyone I left behind. I should have kept in touch with all of them.
I should have.
I always wanted to become skilled in music, write a novel. I put off taking classes, joining groups. It took time I didn't have, energy I couldn't spare. It took a level of passion I could only spend on my work.
Now that my work is done, and my children are all grown and settled, the things I wanted to learn are not easy to learn at this stage.
The family I left behind is not easily reunited at this stage.
I have the time, but do not have energy.
I cannot stir up the passion it takes to finish any task well.
All I can do is share this with you. There may not be any more energy or resources available to you in the future. Your health, your finances, your circumstances may not be there for you.
Live as well as you can, right now. Live fully and have no regrets.