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Like sand in the hourglass...

Why does the time fly when we're getting older? Today, I read an article about that mystery and it said exactly what I'm feeling - that when we were kids, the summer holidays seemed to last forever; now, one year is over in the blink of an eye. And why is that?

They say, one reason could be moments in your life, like the death of a friend, a round birthday or something significant that makes you realize how much time you might have left. And all of a sudden, we want everything and NOW. Journeys, concerts, renovations of the house - it all has to be now and not in a couple of years, as if we knew we don't have another 10 years left or so.

So, how can we stop this feeling? To "stop time", they say you should enjoy the little things in life, like taking an afternoon for tea time, going to the theater or just listening to music and relax.

Don't worry about things you always wanted to do - be thankful for what you already experienced.

~

When I was 12, a friend of mine passed away. I never felt that it influenced me in a way that I would think about my life more or something, but sometimes when I think of her, I think that she missed so much in life. Never being kissed, not experiencing love, just everything. ...Alright, I'm close to tears now, so I'll stop remembering, but well, maybe there is something to the mentioned things in that article. *shrugs*

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etoile444
Dec. 29th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
So true! We have to learn to enjoy the moment and have present moment awareness. But, recently I was thinking about how fleeting time is and how many of my relatives and friends may not be around for decades to come. But then again,. we have no way of knowing if our time will come up short either. Sounds depressing. I didn't mean to be.

"Be thankful for things already experience." I like that!

Peace!
spirited_lizard
Dec. 29th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
No, you're totally right. I could die next week (hopefully not though :P), but who knows, right?
their_darkness
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Very true, I feel exactly the same way and I often joke with my parents that I'm not nagging them anymore from the back of the car, asking "Are we there yet?" Over and over even though it was only half an hour drive to my grandparents's place. It seemed to last like hours when I was a kid.

We should enjoy the little things as much as we can!

And I'm sorry to hear about that friend...
spirited_lizard
Dec. 30th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
haha I was saying the exact same thing to my mother today, about how I kept annoying my parents when we drove to visit my aunt and she lived two hours from here. Every ten minute, "Are we there yet?" *g* As a child that seemed long, now, I love driving long hours and 10 don't even seem too long.

We really should, right? I'm not doing that too often I think.

Thanks. But boy that was a long time ago, although I still remember everything like it only happened last week...
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