I Wish I Could Slow Down TimeJun 23, 2021
Two days ago, I celebrated birthday number 56.
And while I love birthdays, they're my favorite day of the year, I stopped to think about how time seems to be moving faster and faster with each passing birthday.
While I was born in June 1965, it really doesn't seem that long ago.
I don't feel...old.
In fact, the better I take care of myself by running every day (since August 29, 2017), eating less processed food (except for Father's Day and my birthday!), and getting 7 hours of sleep most nights, the better I feel.
But it's true: time waits for no one. Ever.
I had to wait until the 12th grade to take computer lab in high school for my first exposure to a computer (an Apple II). Now, kids are given an iPhone and iPad when they're born.
As I think back to when I was a kid, I remember thinking,
"I can't wait until I..."
- get my first job (to make that money)
- graduate high school (oh rats! Off to college I go!)
- graduate college
- get a place of my own (freedom!)
- get a better job
- get married
- have kids
It seems as if the list - or the goalposts - were always moving.
Why was I in such a hurry?
If I could go back in time and talk to my 15-year-old self, I'd tell the younger me to "SLOW DOWN! Enjoy life. You only get one life so enjoy every moment."
My plan to reach age 100
That's how many years I have until I'm a hundred years old.
I'm committing to myself to live the next 44 years better than my first 56 (though I'm not at all unhappy with these first years!).
I will be more present to every moment, every conversation, and to every person.
Now, if I could only find a way to slow time down...
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