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The Back Nine

Excerpt from Daily Cures, Wisdom for Healthy Aging

I love it when readers send me emails that pertain to issues on aging. There is so much written, and every once in a while is a gem. Someone sent an article that used the phrase being on the back nine as a metaphor for growing older. At first, I was a little put off; it sounded negative, but the more I thought about it, the better I liked it! Since the article didn’t elaborate on the meaning, I asked my husband the golfer, to help me interpret the possible allegory. Getting to the halfway point in a round of golf has lots of rewards. Frequently you stop for a snack and beverage to start the final nine holes; take a break and get your strength back. You have the opportunity to assess your front nine and figure out what you were doing well and what needs improvement. Most golfers report scores for the front and back separately as if they’re two different games. Perhaps the front nine was just a proper warm-up for the best play!

There isn’t a golf course of any stature that does not have a beautiful hole that approaches the clubhouse. The 18th hole celebration awaits the grand arrival at the finish. Of course, the winner is the one with the lowest number of strokes. Strokes are a terrible idea, right? The foursome might head to the proverbial 19th hole where the winner might buy a round of drinks for his companions. The back nine is full of anticipation. Perhaps it’s more relaxed, but yet more focused. I understand that’s the key to good golf, relaxed, and focused at the same time. I think it is a grand metaphor. There are many parallels. The back nine may just be better than the front nine. As we say around here, why not make the rest of your life the best of your life!

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