I cannot believe how fast my life is going! When I was growing up, I would hear parents and grandparents saying how fast time was going. I would respectfully smile and go on with whatever I was doing. I do remember thinking to myself, what was such a big deal about the time passing so fast, it seemed strange. Why was this so shocking? Time was supposed to move, but not until I became a parent did I understand and become all too familiar with this concept. Now I too talk about it all the time with my friends and family.
Time for me didn’t really seem to be an issue. I was growing up and doing all of the things that I was supposed to do. Even when I got married, time seemed to be just something that went by, but once I had kids the stopwatch started running and it just keeps going faster and faster. Some of it I would like to bypass at the speed of light, but those are the times that seem to drag out and only seem to have gone quickly when they are a distant memory. The times that we want to stand still, are the ones that fly by in a blink of an eye. How does that happen?! I know that I am not the only one who feels this way. It does seem strange that some years drag on and others are over before they even get started.
For instance, this past year was my daughter’s freshman year in college. I still haven’t gotten used to her being away and she is coming home in 2 weeks. Yet on the other hand, I had so many things on my to do list that I envisioned for myself that haven’t materialized into much so far. The same year seems slow and fast.
Year by year time goes by, when you look at the last 10 years and you feel like it was yesterday and can’t explain where the time has gone. I am always amused that I can remember every word of a song that I listened to 25 years ago, but can’t remember what I needed upstairs when I get there.
No matter how you look at it, these thoughts only reassure us that change is constant. We have such a brief time in one place, phase, or experience that we should enjoy each and every stage because it will be over in no time.
I once heard a quote that went something like this:
“Look around you, appreciate what you have. Nothing will be the same in a year.”
I thought about it and it is very true. Time is a funny thing, try to hold on to the good things as long as you can and hope that the more difficult times pass quickly. Remember, yesterday is today’s memory, make it count!