Paying attention to time

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Recently I was having a conversation with a friend and we were remembering an event. I had, just the week before, been asked about the event by another friend. I relayed in that instance that I believed the event was two and a half years ago. When I was talking to my other friend, they informed me that in fact, it was six years ago. I was blown away that this could be true, but after some conversation I had to admit it was accurate.

The next day I was grabbing a long-sleeved shirt out of my closet and the shirt I grabbed was a present from my brother. Of course, the gift was a shirt with the following, printed on the front:

The Mayans were wrong MMXII

It took me aback that the shirt was over ten years old, it doesn’t seem nearly that long.

This all got me thinking about time. Time is a curious thing as it can simultaneously drag along slowly and fly by all at the same time. Basically the days can feel long while the years fly by. Recently I was at an anniversary party talking to someone I’ve known for fifty-four years, amazing.

Of course there is also an observer effect in place. When your five, a year is 20% of your entire experience, but when your 50 it’s 2% of your experience which is a much smaller piece and therefore seems to go by much more quickly. All in all though, it doesn’t matter. The important lesson in this for all of us is that life is fleeting and every minute is precious. So make the time for those you truly care about and don’t put off that which you desire to do, or you may realize it’s just too late to do it.

Have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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3 Responses to Paying attention to time

  1. leannegfs says:

    I just said the other day to a pal whose son is graduating from high school “Don’t blink! It will be over before you know it!”

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