Time doesn’t have to “fly”

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Lately I’ve realized time is going by faster than ever. It seems that new years was here only the other day. Now already nearing Halloween, I feel like I may have lost a whole year and I’m still trying to figure out where it went.
Everyday seems to be growing faster and faster- its daylight, its dark. You wake up and its time for bed. Spring ends and before you know it, winter arrives.
I tried to ignore it, hoping that only a busy schedule was to blame. But what I realized is that I might actually be avoiding what was really going on.
 
Adults and family members used to tell me that as you get older, time starts to fly by, and before you know it, you’ll be 40 in the blink of an eye. The thing is, I’m not sure I ever really believed them. I do realize this has probably been going on for some time now. How long however….I’m not quite sure of. (I am still trying to figure out why this happens to us in the first place).
I guess I thought that I might be able to escape it – or maybe I never even thought about it at all- but the reality is, I don’t think anyone is exempt from this change in life. And even though I didn’t believe my parents at the time (- I promise, I do now) it appears that I too have fallen victim to “growing up”.
 
When you were younger, did you ever think that life could go by so fast? That days would blur to weeks, and soon weeks into years? And then one morning you would wake up and realize that they not only came, but went, and were still going before you had time to say “Stop!”? Because I know I sure didn’t……..
 
When I was little, I remember days that seemed to drag on forever. I remember everything I looked forward to felt like it took a century to arrive.
The anxious waiting for what was to come, and some days that felt like they would never end.
-I remember the excitement of waking up not knowing what was going to unfold( and not caring) because it was always a new adventure around every corner, and every minute was a new journey that time could never touch.
 
When we are kids, we stop to take in every little detail. We never miss a blink or the time of day. We live in the moment of now and what happens next. And all we can think about is how it feels to be here and nothing else….and that’s all we have to worry about.

What would happen 5 or 10 years from being care and worry free didn’t matter, all we knew is that eventually it would come and bring with it a new adventure.
 
10 years later, I now realize just how perfectly children take on the world……How differently they see it, and I may even be a tad bit jealous for that. More than anything though, I find myself searching for answers to why growing up involves such a drastic change in the way each day manifests. The frightening thought of what we could be missing, before we realize we are missing anything at all. And to think that if we don’t catch it and take hold of every second , time may pass us by altogether.
Even though it seems overwhelming, its impossible to control everything that goes on in our life. And that part of where we tend to get caught up in it!
Unlike children we get caught in a place where now doesn’t exist, then already was, and what will be is already spoken for.

We worry and stress about what hasn’t even happened, yet we still wonder why our days are blurring together right before our eyes.
We try to focus on so many things at a given time, that none of them are ever left making any sense. And the only logical explanation I could come up with, (yes, I can think logically on occasion) is that time appears to move faster because its trying to fill in the missing pieces.
And maybe, I thought, it doesn’t have to be that way. If time moves faster when things are needing to be done, then maybe not-needing works in just the opposite . Perhaps we just never tried slowing things down. Letting time move naturally, as it should, while finding a peace within our own everyday lives.
 
Now more than ever, as I’m experiencing this whole “growing up” thing, I’m starting to realize that if I can avoid it, I don’t want to wake up one morning to see how much I’ve really missed. I want to be able to wake up and write about all the moments I’ve been able to capture.

I know what’s time is still ahead, and I don’t want to miss that. But what is 5 or 10 years away from now, I can’t worry about today.

And instead of running from it, I’m trying to slow down. I’m learning that growing up doesn’t have to mean missing anything. It doesn’t have to be scary, and it definitely doesn’t mean giving up the things you love.

I still draw with crayons,

ask a lot of questions,

eat cereal straight from the box

and dance on my bed every chance I get.

And I will never stop doing any one of those things. They keep life running at a slower pace; just as it should be.

And instead of watching life fly by in a blur, I’m starting to see the things that make it stop altogether.

In the midst of something that seems so simple or real, I’m catching myself saying “Capture this, embrace this moment, and remember this feeling.” Because I don’t want to miss a thing or single chance, and I know that bringing myself out of reality is the only way to make it slow down.

Life is what you make it.

Growing up is only a small part.

And time doesn’t have to fly in the process.

Children see the world for what it is, and they dont worry about anything but that.

Before I know it, time will eventually catch up with me, no matter how young or old I think I might be. But that day doesn’t have to come any time soon.

 Because by seizing the clock, rolling it back , and living in, not with the moment, we can choose our life to be the way we want and make the most out of every day and days yet to come.

If your out there, and reading this, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are.

What do you think about growing up?

What makes time stand still for you?

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8 responses »

  1. It is all about the memories Sheila. I can’t believe that I am 47 already, can’t believe my baby girl is 20, can’t believe that I have been married for 22 years. We can not change the clock but we can learn to live in the moment and be happy. Enjoy the journey.

  2. Sheilabeeeee! Nice writing once again. What do I think about growing up? Well, since I’ve been here a while I must say you are right on, always looking ahead and not seizing the moment. What makes time stand still for me are my kids……I treasure the moments I have with them. And they really are tiny snippets of time. As a “grown up” and having my “babies” grown up and almost grown up,
    I treasure seeing what they can accomplish…..It’s truly amazing!

    • Thanks for sharing Rita, I love your response. That is probably one of the most real things you can ever experience, and it is something that truly does make you realize what time is about.

  3. Time is definitely something to savour.. I can’t believe I’m about to be 26 holy cow… But I have learned and experienced A LOT in my years and I look forward to learning and experiencing A LOT more… Sometimes I have felt like I have missed out on things or wonder what tomorrow brings for me, but to truly enjoy life you can not live in the past because it can not be changed and you have to take life one day at a time and do what you can each day. It is good to “plan” for tomorrow but don’t “worry” about that plans success or failure because it takes your mind off of “today” and its moments.
    Your mind works much like mine does endlessly wondering about deeper aspects of life 😉

  4. We can always plan, but plans can change too….its up to us to follow what we feel is right, and know when to stop worrying about it.
    And your so right, living in the past only brings up realities that cannot be changed- its about whats here now that matters. And whether we choose to live in it, and embrace it, or let it slip by and keep waiting for “the right time” is totally our choice and dependent on what we want out of life.
    We really do think a lot more alike than I realized 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    As a child , one is what one is. One does not need to constantly assert one’s Identity. One is ‘I’ without the need of asserting ‘i’ ‘i’ ‘i’ again and again. One just is without a heavy burden of identity. As such one does not neither have a carved out plan for ones life. Life goes moment to moment. Life is lived, not sacrificed.

    http://arzsra.wordpress.com/about/ ( On identities)

    http://arzsra.wordpress.com/sacrificing-present/

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