The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time
Any fool can do it
There ain’t nothing to it
Nobody knows how we got to
The top of the hill
But since we’re on our way down
We might as well enjoy the ride¹
As we get older, time seems to pass so much more quickly. The future even feels smaller, and we tend to dwell on the past. In the past we have comforting memories, and little tricks of the mind even tend to customize them a bit as we go along.
Enjoying the passage of time – Me, my mother, and my sister around 1960, and then again, just a few years ago.
For me, the past means my childhood and family, and my parents, now gone. Even my children’s childhoods are in the past. The present means my beloved husband, visits with our family, and coming change.
The future… well the future is a bit uncertain and scary. Happily, it involves our children and grandchildren, but there is also the spectre of our own future needs and activities as my beloved gets ready for retirement and we make financial and physical adjustments.
Some aspects of our retirement years are wonderful, and others are a bit daunting. I know how hard it is to think about planning for the latter stages of our lives. Nothing has made this clearer to me than the deafening silence on my recent series of posts and “Future Challenges” encouraging readers to think about financial and health care proxies.
Now the thing about time is that time
Isn’t really real
It’s just your point of view
How does it feel for you
Einstein said he could never understand it all
Planets spinning through space
The smile upon your face
Welcome to the human race¹
As with most things, perspective is everything. We can’t change the passage of time, but we can learn to enjoy each part of our lives, and with a little planning, hopefully we can make the scary parts less scary.
That frees us up to enjoy the good stuff, like travel and grandkids. After all, that’s what we really want the future to be about!
Now the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time¹
¹from James Taylor’s song Secret o’ Life. Video courtesy of YouTube.
This post is in response to two weekly blog challenges:
- The WordPress Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge on the topic of Future Tense.
- The weekly Travel Theme challenge by Ailsa of WheresMyBackpack, on the subject of Time.
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