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.
My thoughts take me back to the beginning of my senior year of high school and how that moment in time seems like yesterday. For me high school was not yesterday, but 23 years ago!
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 November already as it seems like I have been blogging for a few months, not nearly a year!
Most high schoolers 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 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 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 your health? Do you need to tackle a mountain of credit card debt? Do you need to declutter your house? Is it time to start that new hobby?
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.