Monday, August 16, 2010

Time, Where are you Going?

Time. The ever elusive concept we all spend chasing, and never quite catching, for, it seems, our entire lives.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about it lately. This week is our last week of Summer vacation. School starts next Monday. And I'm finding myself in complete panic mode. Where did the time go? What happened to August? July? Three months seems like such a long time on June 1st. It seems like we have all the time in the world. And now, suddenly, the time is gone.

It seems to go by faster each year, too. Have you noticed it too, or is it just me?

And while the end of the summer is what spun my thoughts on the subject, summer isn't the only thing that seems to have the world spinning out of control.

My baby is starting kindergarten this year. While a part of me is doing the happy dance in celebratory freedom, the other part of me is pining for more time. I'm not one of those moms who wonders what to do with herself when all of her children are at school....I'll find plenty to do. But, sometimes I long for my children to be babies again. When we don't have to rush to this soccer practice, or that piano lesson, or when I was their favorite person. Sometimes I just want push the pause button. Or maybe even rewind a little bit.

I'm getting to that tender age, too, where gravity starts to take its toll, when my skin doesn't always bounce back after a sunburn. I've noticed wrinkles on my no longer youthful skin. Time will tell what more ailments will arise as life continues to speed along.

I've come up with the only logical explanation I can think of. Either time is fluid and isn't what it seems to be. And actually seems to go by faster as we age. OR the earth is simply spinning faster now that it was 30, 40, 50 years ago, thereby causing time to actually go by faster that it used to. Is a second shorter today that it was in 1950?

I'm finding I need to find better ways to manage the little bits of time I do have.

What do you do to manage your precious time?


Kristina P. said...

I feel the same way! Adam and I make a list at the beginning of summer, and next thing you know, we haven't done any of it.

We didn't get to the water park or Lagoon yet.

And I swear once I turned 30, it all went downhill.

DeNae said...

It really does go faster with every passing year. MY baby start High School this year - and I remember his first day of kindergarten like it was yesterday.

I really don't value my time like I should, however. Thanks for the reminder. And I hope you're doing well! Haven't heard from you for a while!

Love Fam said...

I so feel the same way!!!

Love Fam said...

In fact, it's so much how I am feeling, that I might just be stealing your picture and put it on my blog! Hope you don't mind! =)

Garden of Egan said...

Well I'm feeling pretty melancholy right now as I sit in my completely empty house wondering where time went.
I hear ya!
I can't even think about the aging thing and my body. I'd be in a corner sucking my thumb.

Mikki said...

It does seem to be going faster. I've always heard that the older you get the faster it goes. Just doesn't seem right.
I'm doing pretty lousy at managing my time these days, so I have no suggestions.

Peggy said...

Hey Sher, thanks for the kind words you left on my blog. I appreciate it. I hope things are going well for you!

And I absolutely DO think that times goes faster now than it used to!

Missy said...

When you are sick and miserable, time goes so slow. But, with children and fun experiences, it flies by....

Braden said...

It seems like time does somehow accelerate the older you get. I'm not sure why, but there seems to be some kind of physical law in that regard.

wendy said...

Seems like such a cliche, but TIME does go by faster every year. IT DOES.
I want my youth back too sometimes. I want my babies back in my arms to sing lullabys too.

I want more time to figure ME out. I will be 59 this fall and time becomes more of an issue. I need more time with the man I should have been married to 40 years ago.

I guess we should at least not waste the time we have left....whatever that will be.

time, time, time, is on my side --yes it is. (do you think so)

annie valentine said...

Could you please do something to speed up the next freaking six days for me? Come on, show me the magic.