Remember seeing video of Pete Rose plowing over the catcher in the All-Star game of 1970? It ended an extra-inning game that I did not want to end. I had to head off to basic training the next day and all of a sudden, freedoms such as watching a baseball game were suddenly tasting as rich as Blue Bell. I had 4 months of being away from home ahead...that sounded like so little when I signed up; but during that game, the prospect of not coming home until November felt like a death sentence.
Moral of the story: don't wait until you lose the wonderful delights of ordinary existence to appreciate them.