Time Keeps on Slipping Into the Future

“I have been spending a lot of time lately inside my own head.  I do this occasionally when I have a lot of important things going on in my life; I tend to be an over-thinker.  I realize being an over-thinker can drive those around me absolutely bonkers, but the positive side is that it sends me into deep periods of introspection which, often times, produce some of my best stuff.

Senior Pic: 1990
Senior Pic: 1990

As kids are heading back to school my thoughts take me back to beginning my senior year of high school and how that moment in time seems like yesterday.  But for me high school was not yesterday, but 23 years ago.

Time is a concept that simply baffles my mind and sends me into a philosophical spiral!

My mom has explained to me that life will speed up even more once Evelina and I have a kid so I try to take mental snapshots of life now, but for the life of me it still flies past.  For instance, I cannot believe it is August already as it seems like I have been blogging for only a few months not nine!

The kids are headed back to class this month and they look at life through naïve, ideal eyes.  Most are focused on what types of social clubs to join, which classes they need to graduate, grades needed to get into their university of choice, etc.  They literally have their entire lives ahead of them.  Some already know the subject they will choose for their major.  They simply have no clue how fast time will move.

Before they realize they will be taking photos with friends on graduation day.  Then off to college, beginning a career, getting married, buying a house, having kids and then…they will find themselves sitting in a chair at 43, writing a blog and wondering where all the time went.

Nostalgia is a double-edged sword.  It is nice to look back and reminisce about past events and recall how much younger

Circa 1992.  Look at all that hair!!
Circa 1992. Look at all that hair!!

people looked (and slimmer! lol ) and how much easier life seemed back then.

Looking back can also reflect back a life lived full of regret, poor decision-making, missed opportunities and failures.  And it is in this light that some see their life.

Always know that life offers second chances.  Meaning, as long as you have breath in your lungs you have time.  And having time means you have an opportunity.  Some of you need to spend serious time in introspection and determine what it is that is holding you back from doing something that you have put off doing for years.  Do you need to finish a degree?  Do you need to take back you health?  Do you need to tackle a mountain of credit card debt?  Do you need to declutter your house?

Take one step today toward your goal.  Then take another step tomorrow.  Then another the day after.  Your next realization will be goal achievement and a self-satisfaction that money cannot buy.

Procrastination steals your time and some of us don’t have as much remaining as others.

I have determined that I will no longer stress out trying to convince every person to take action; one person will, while 99 will not.  Which are you?



31 thoughts on “Time Keeps on Slipping Into the Future

  1. It’s crazy to me how quickly time rushes past. I still cannot believe that I have a junior in high school and another going into 8th grade. It seems like yesterday that I was still in school myself. Great post!

    1. I find myself thinking about time a lot. It is an amazing idea to think about. Especially when I run into a friend I have not seen for a few years. Years can pass like minutes.

  2. taking back time is a good idea, just don’t forget to live in this moment, treasure each one as it comes and goes through us and with us, understand that this very moment is all we truly have… I am 60 years old and can’t even begin to believe I am that old!! I don’t know where the years have gone either but I do know that I am trying to make the best of every moment I have left… love and light to you!! Michelle

  3. Excellent post! My daughter is almost 10 and will be starting 4th grade this year. It boggles the mind how time has flown by. I agree with Michelle as well in living in the moment. Sometimes we get so caught up in work that we forget that we do have a life outside of that. – Luz

  4. It is great to hear your voice here Danny, amid all of you reblogs. And no, you can’t convince people to take action. But you can write posts like this one that plants the seed and gets them questioning their own lives. Thank you.

    1. That is so kind of you! I have a new post coming in the morning and I hope you enjoy it also. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave your thoughts!

  5. Beautiful. I know exactly what you mean about time, and how having children seemingly speeds up the process.

    I’ve always loved this quote, ‘days are long and the years are short.’

  6. Love your message that there are always opportunities to grasp now. As I rapidly approach 70 – and you’re mom is so right about time speeding up as you age – I find more willingness to try new things. Instead of shrinking, my bucket list keeps growing. It’s a good way to live!!

  7. I too have been spending time lately inside my own head. Time steals everything when we procrastinate. As Gretchen Rubin said, ‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ It rings too true.

    Thank you for this post.

  8. Those photos are priceless! I agree with you that procrastination does steal time! I do have goals, which I am taking baby steps towards, which I consider better than NOT taking any steps at all! 😀

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: