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Life is moving fast; today is already in the past

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As you’ve grown older, have you noticed how time seems to almost speed up? A year to you when you were four years old seemed like an eternity. Just yesterday we were all in elementary school, or so it seems.

I have a distinct memory of myself at four years old sitting in the bathtub talking to my mother. I had asked her when I would be five and she told me that I would not be five for another year since I had just had a birthday a few weeks prior. I threw a tantrum and said “I bet no one else has to wait this long to be five!”

Looking back now, I realize my childhood innocence and perception had fooled me. Indeed, everyone else did have to wait that long to be five.

Even now as graduation begins to approach and college is veering its way at us, it seems like it is just coming sooner and sooner. It once seemed like graduation would never come and here we are, the graduating class of 2017 is rapidly approaching in these next few weeks. And not too far later, the class of 2018 and 2019 and so on.

We all think to ourselves, “oh we have time, that seems so far away”, but if we really think about it, these dates and events we are putting off are all approaching faster and faster each day as we grow older. It seems as though time is almost speeding up.

There is an explanation to this. Time is not speeding up, but our perception of it is. You see, as a one year old, a year is our whole life, but as a seventy year old, a year is just a small portion of our life. So as we grow older and we experience more, our perception of time changes.

I feel that’s part of the reason we all cherish our childhood and see it to be a large part of our life. That is, of course, if you were lucky enough to have a good one. And why, as we grow older and up into our senior years, many will say they blinked their eyes and their life was nearing an end.

Never assume you have enough time. There is never enough time. None of us know what is coming tomorrow, but we do know tomorrow must come.

So make the most of the time that seems to be slipping through our hands like sand. Make amends, make plans, be spontaneous, be kind, and most importantly, be aware of the time around you.

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