I was sitting there last night just thinking about “time” and how different it seems throughout different periods of my life. Even looking back from ages 0-10 years old (and yes I only really remember after age 4), time seemed so long. A week took forever. Waiting for those weekends free from school took ages to get to. Each school year seemed a lifetime, and even the 3 months of summer (because they actually were three months long while growing up) lasted a long time. Even thinking back now it seemed to take forever.
Next, ages 10-20 still felt long. I had to go through adolescence and into early adulthood. Middle school and high school can a fun time, but also a very difficult time (especially for females – in my opinion). So many decisions to try and make on your own and growing up to do. Peer pressure and school work can weigh heavy on your mind. Starting college and learning to study versus partying. So much going on which made time still seem a little bit long. Although the four years of high school did seem much longer than the four years of college.
Then you reach ages 20-30. The years of living on your own, graduating from college/Grad School, finding a partner, getting married, having your first child, buying your first home, moving from your hometown, etc. So many things to experience and do. I know not everyone is on the same timeline, but for many people these things occur within these 10 years. For me these years moved a bit faster. I remember one day thinking to myself, wow I’m married now (seems like I was just dating people and at my 5-year high school reunion yesterday).
Now I am in the 30-40 age range. Times seems to be flying by for me now. I try and take it day-by-day and slowly cherish time with my kids. They are just growing up so fast before my eyes. I now have a 7-year old and a 4-year old. How can that be possible? My 20-year high school reunion is coming up this summer. Really? It seems like I was JUST at my 5-year reunion. Time is flying by. My pets that were my babies are now getting older. We are living in the 4th house we’ve bought in the past 8 years. A lot has happened, but at the same time I can remember my first child being born like it was yesterday. Some days it makes me sad. I know I just need to focus on the blessings I have each day.
After speaking with my parents who are in their 60’s and 70’s, they told me the late 30’s are nothing. They said I should wait until I’m their age and time flies by lightning fast. Their advice was to enjoy each day, enjoy what I do have instead of wanting more, and to enjoy health and my kids and family. They are smart people. They are having their fun in retirement and enjoying their golden years. I think as we age we do gain insight and appreciation for life. I will do my best to focus on the positives in my life and not dwell on any negatives. Life is a gift we need to cherish.
How do you feel about “time” and how fast or slow does it seem to you?