Time is a funny thing when you’re in the thick of an activity. We all get the same 24 hours in a day but they move at different speeds for each of us. For example, if you’re waiting for the last 15 seconds of a basketball game to finish up with a one point lead for your team, the seconds tick by so slowly. On the other hand, an hour of shopping alone for a mom flashes before her eyes.
Time Needs To Slow Down
This Christmas I realized how fast time is actually moving for me. My ten year old daughter asked for a pair of UGG boots on her list. The pair she received was much too small and two returns later, she finally got the right size. She and I actually have the same style and color boots, but what gets me is hers are one size LARGER than mine.
How does that happen? She’s 10! Just the other day I was rocking her in a chair to sleep, carefully laying her down in the crib, then sneaking out of her room. I knew exactly which floorboards to avoid any unnecessary creaking that would wake my sleeping babe. Fast forward to now where I could throw a parade in her room and she wouldn’t even stir once.
As we were standing in the kitchen this morning saying our goodbyes before the bus came, I saw it. We were looking at each other eye to eye. With her shoes on, she’s maybe an inch or two shorter than me for the time being. The day is coming when my first child will surpass me in height.
It’s not that difficult since I’m only 5’2″.
My eyes started tearing up as I hugged my two middle boys after this interaction with my daughter. Soon, they are going to tower over me. There are going to be giant man shoes all over my house and they no longer will they be little.
Going Back Through Memories
All this growing up makes me nostalgic and I find myself looking through albums of pictures, getting all teary eyed at my young babies. In this current stage of life, we no longer have multiple kids in diapers, or have to walk on eggshells as to not wake the nappers plus everyone is capable of getting their own snacks.
Gah, it’s so cliche but that quote about the days being long but the years are so short is true. When you are in the moment when your baby won’t stop crying or a child is asking an incessant amount of Why questions, it’s long. Then all of a sudden the years have past. You are able to look back and smile. Ahh, those were the days.
On the other hand, you are able to talk through problems with your kids and when they go to bed, they stay there all night. Granted, they have a hard time waking up in the morning but it allows you for some quiet time before the day begins.
Seize The Day
We are all gifted 24 hours in a day to do with what we want. Some days fly by and others drag on for centuries. Certain days can mean more to one person than other and looking back it conjures either good or bad memories. For example, February 19, 2008 is a day that completely changed my life. It was the day I became a mom. But to you, it could have been a random Tuesday.
This particular discussion of time is so riddled with common quotes about how fast it moves and how precious it is. But it’s so true. The older I get, the more it clicks to not waste the time I have here on Earth. There are dreams I have that I no longer want to put on hold because there is not enough time in the day.
That’s bologna. It’s completely about prioritizing as an individual and sharing your gifts with the world. My daughter will be 11 next month and it feels as if we were on a rocket ship to the moon. Time is not slowing down for any of us. So we’ve got to seize the moment right now.
I’ve began a lot of books that end up just sitting there, but now is the time for my current work to take precedence. Many of us play small because we are scared but time is of the essence so get moving. Do all the things you want to accomplish because the world wants what you have to give.
Put your oxygen mask on first.
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