We hear that all the time. And, yes, there are people out there who, through tragic circumstances, have their lives cut short. But for the most part? Let’s be honest: life is very, very long.
Still, the rumors are true. As you get older, time seems to fly by faster. Why is that? I’m not exactly sure. I think as I get older, I ‘experience’ less. Yep, I’m talking about the whole ‘stop to smell the roses’ thing.
I’ll be honest, I’ve stopped to smell the roses many times. I know what they smell like and, frankly, I’ve got a boat load of presents to wrap RIGHT NOW. The clock is ticking. I don’t have time. I’m livin’ in the fast lane, people!
Here’s the thing, though. While life, in truth, is very long the special moments are not. They’re short. If you don’t take the time to stop and savor them, they disappear. They fade away. They become a blur on the highway.
This holiday season I’m giving myself a very special gift: time. I’m going to slow down, engage all my senses and soak in every moment I can.
Now if you’re a teen, you might think that’s a stupid idea. Savor the holidays? Come on! You’re folks are lame and the last time you checked, your baby brother was still a booger. You don’t want to slow down time, you want to speed it up. You can’t wait to grow up and get out of the house. That’s when you’re real life will begin.
Don’t fall into that trap. Because once you grow up and leave the house, there will be another goal you’ll feel pressured to zoom toward, another stage of life to race through.
Life is not a race. When you hit the finish line, there’s no trophy for being first. Remember that this holiday season. Remember that afterwards, too.
With that being said, I'm signing off. My kids are on their winter break and I want to enjoy every minute with them. Why don't you get off the internet and spend quality time with your family, too? Trust me, you won't regret it later.