When significant events like birthdays, weddings, reunions, and graduations happen, it’s only natural to think about time and how relative it is. And I think people tend to do that more and more as we get older. When you’re a kid, you have all the time in the world, and an afternoon playing outside seems like an eternity. But as we get older and busier and have more responsibilities, there is less and less free time to do whatever we want without having to think about all that needs to get done, so time seems to just pass us by. It’s when these occasions roll around that we stop and think about how much time has gone by since we saw someone the last time, how quickly the children are growing up, or how soon we’ll hit the next milestone birthday.
Depending on what’s going on in our lives, sometimes the reflections extend to thinking about what we wish we had, what we miss that we used to have, how grateful we are for what we do have, why we are in the predicament we are in, what we could have or should have done differently, what we need to do in the future, what is really important in life, etc. It becomes more challenging to live in the moment as we get older. It’s something we need to make a conscious effort to do as adults, whereas we did it automatically as kids. It’s too bad that the complexity of life doesn’t allow us to do this as often as we should. And it’s unfortunate that by the time we are old enough to retire and enjoy life without so many worries, our bodies are not capable of doing what they used to when we were younger. That seems a little backwards to me, but I guess that just makes it even more important to not only soak in all the finer moments in our lives when they are happening but make time for more of them to happen in the first place.
Most kids can’t wait to grow up and be able to drive and do all sorts of things that they can’t do as kids, or can’t do whenever they want. And I would dare say a good many kids think they have it so rough because they can’t do everything they want when they want, and they may have a few responsibilities they may have to do that get in the way of them having fun. Little do they know that when they do get older, they are probably going to wish they could go back to those carefree days. I know I do sometimes. I never wanted to grow up in the first place though, so that may have something to do with it. There’s a big part of me that is still like a little kid who wants to play with my friends and sing and dance or do whatever fun thing strikes my fancy. If time would only slow down a little bit so I had more time to do those things before I am too old to remember how!
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