The Patriots open the 2017 football season this Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. I cannot believe it is football season already. The older I get the faster time moves past me. It seems like it was only a few months ago that the season ended, when in reality it was 7 months. Time mesmerizes me. It is a fixed measure, yet it also seems malleable.
Time spent at the beach or on holiday appears to move faster than time spent doing something one dreads. That one aspect of time is what intrigues me so. I’m moving toward 50 at an alarming rate when it seems like 5 years ago I was graduating high school.
I guess I better make the most of the next 50 years!
Sometimes it’s the simple things……. snow cones on a Sunday afternoon. I am trying to treasure every minute right now. Every second.
We have 10 more days until Avery moves into her college dorm. I know things will never be the same after that. She will be independent and her own person. And I want her to be all that. We have worked all these years for her to do well and go to college. I know she is extremely privileged to be one of the few people of the population of the world that is able to do this.
I try not to worry. If I begin down that trail, it is never ending. There are so many things my mind can conjure up! I have to trust that we have instilled in her the skills and judgement she needs to make it on her own.
I have added quite a few followers since my last “facts about me” post so I thought I’d tell you all a little bit about me (check out my bio page for more):
I tend to order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant. Mexican: taco (soft) & burrito combo with refried beans and rice…Chinese: chicken and shrimp fried rice. I’m not exactly sure why I don’t venture out more, but I don’t.
This is going to come across as weird, but I’m sharing nonetheless. I prefer to eat with satin finished silverware and do not enjoy drinking from plastic glasses if I am eating off of a proper plate. It sounds bizarre saying it out loud.
I hate spending money for any reason. I would live on a $50 per week budget if I had my way.
My happy time is lying on the floor playing with my dog, Bentley.
I am currently binge watching Entourage and it is awesome.
My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip!
I hate eating leftovers unless around the holidays or slow cooker meals.
I don’t like shirts that feel weird on my skin. They must be a high-quality soft cotton.
I love the beach, but I’m not a huge fan of sand being on my body. I have to wash it off almost immediately.
I get emotionally exhausted if I am around too many people all at once. I avoid large crowds of people because my energy levels plummet. It’s like I get sensory overload if there’s too much going on all at once.
My feet are constantly numb and cold which is why I wear socks around the house even in the summer. It’s a result of the MS.
I enjoy these types of posts and hope you enjoyed learning a little about me. Have a great week folks!
This weekend Evelina and I decided to unplug and disconnect a bit. She was on-call yesterday for work, but other than that slight inconvenience we decided to have some planned time away. For me this was perfectly timed as I needed time to recharge following our vacation. I know that might sound a bit ridiculous considering we returned from vacation on Tuesday, but the truth is the driving time zapped my energy.
I believe it is important to plan time away from technology. It is important to plan time to decompress and do absolutely nothing. Remember, life isn’t about working the hardest all the time; it’s about working the smartest all the time. And sometimes the smart thing to do is…nothing!
One of the things I have noticed working for a large company is that many of the employees-present company included-live for Friday. It is as if each employee has a built-in timer which informs each one exactly how many minutes remain until Wednesday…then Thursday….and finally FRIDAY!
I am aware of the dangers of “Friday” mentality and why it robs you of time so I am careful to not allow this mentality to consume me and I’ll tell you why. I have learned that living life looking forward robs you of years of your life and this fact reveals itself when I look back on my retail career. In retail it was a season-to-season approach; we were always preparing for back-to-school, then Black Friday, then Christmas, then inventory, then springtime, then back-to-school, etc. The cycle was never-ending and before anyone could realize 3 years of life had passed by and we all stood in shock.
You see when you spend your days focused on some point in the future you fail to appreciate each day. You miss out on how blue the sky is each day. You miss out on how beautiful chirping birds can be. You miss out on your mate talking too much. You miss the sunsets and sunrises. The fact is you simply miss…everything.
Here is my plea: stop living for tomorrow and begin taking a few individual moments each day and pause. Take a look around you, take a deep breath, exhale, open your eyes and see the world. Time will pass on its own and it will naturally feel as if it passes too quickly. Be cognizant to fight the passing of time at every turn by paying attention to the “right now” moments.
This morning, I watched a short video showing the opening of a time capsule, hidden in the Californian mountains back in 1986…
A letter written by a back then 10 years old girl, on the back of the map used to get to that special place. An old rusty penny, at the bottom of what seems to be a film container… Nothing over exciting if you watch it quickly, like we are used to do in 2016.
But if you stop for a moment, and sit back, it becomes much more interesting… First of all, what hits me is that it is, in fact, a double time capsule! This little girl, has taken a few minutes, 30 years ago, to put down her childish words. Probably not yet aware of time already running fast… 5 years later, this video was taped, as the capsule was found and opened again. I…