We Live Many Lives

By Tom Rodriguez

We live many lives and
We are different people 
In all of the lives we live
Our lives as children
Our lives as adolescents
And our lives in schools

We live many lives
Our lives with lovers and friends
Our lives in our careers
Our lives as husbands and wives
Our lives raising children
And our lives after children

We live many lives
Growing old is one of them
Aging is a privilege that
Not everyone receives
So learn to value simple pleasures
In time those are all that’s left to you

We live many lives
So decide how you want to spend 
The time you have left
Decide where you want to go
What you want to do
And who you want to do it with

We live many lives
Remember your past
Record it if you can
Find your way
Writing, painting or poems
Whatever works for you

We live many lives
Coping with the loss 
Of family, lovers, and friends
Who fell along the way
Discard past lives 
And accept the passage of time 

We live many lives
Remain young in mind and heart
And you will stay young
No matter what your aging
Body tells you
Have hope in the face of mortality

We live many lives
So proceed on your journey
Every day you live
Is a precious gift
A day you will never
See again

We live many lives
And you are not done living
Remember that sunsets are
Beautiful but short lived
So forget the roads not taken
And learn to love the road you’re on

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