And sometimes you realize then AND when it becomes a memory. Or maybe when it becomes a memory it just means even more if that's possible. Sometimes you realize it wasn't the right timing, but it doesn't change how you feel about and treasure the memory.
'Do not regret getting older. It's a privilege denied to many.' - It absolutely is a privilege denied to many. I've seen far too many amazing people denied the beauty of getting old with loved ones, so I will relish and take every birthday I am given.