Time marches on. It stops for no one, and once spent, is gone forever. As you (I) get older time seems to creep up on you with all the stealth of a “night-stalker!” It’s all of a sudden like, “How did I arrive here (at this moment in time) so fast?” It seems like yesterday I couldn’t wait to be 13, so I would be a teenager. Then the big deal was 16, and next came 21. It took forever to reach those milestones in my life, or so it seemed. Marriage, children, school and sports, vacation fun, and just enjoying being a parent. At least most of the time! Those “middle years” are probably the ones that went the fastest. Those years when we were going to one school event, or church program, after another. With six kids it was a whirlwind of activity. Barely time to catch your breath. It was exhilarating to say the least.
Next thing you know their leaving the nest, and finding lives of their own. Grand kids start appearing on the scene, and retirement looms just around the corner. Some guys look forward to it (I did) and some dread it. I have been retired nine (9) years now, after working as a pipefitter for Ford Motor Co. for 37 years. Those years seem like “life” threw the anchor out, and it was like I was stuck in the current! Not moving, going nowhere; then all of a sudden “Whoosh” the ride is over. Come ashore, get off, move on to the next phase please.
Time is time! It really doesn’t go by faster or slower at various times in our life. It is what it is. The only thing we can do is be sure we don’t “waste” it, ignore it, or allow anything to take (rob) it from us. We must honor it, value it, and use it, so in the final analysis it doesn’t come back and haunt us with regrets and “If only I had done, whatever!”
The picture at the top of the page is of me, and four of my five daughters and one son. Between them they have ten children and some are fast approaching that dreaded 40 mark themselves. Those days are like a blur. Two of my kids have been out of the house longer than they were in it! Do I have regrets? You betcha! It would be hard not to, but awareness of the fleeting opportunities we have, as parents, to get it right could minimize those regrets in the future.
As I write I think about Art, Tom, Cory and all the other young families just starting off in life. These are trying days for this country and for the world. If ever we needed to redeem (make it work for us) the time, it is now. Enjoy the ride you guys, but don’t think at some point the merry go round won’t stop, and you’ll be asked to get off. Each of us has been given a certain set amount of time by our Creator. We don’t know how long of a ride our ticket bought, but no-matter what it is, please get your moneys worth. Live life to the fullest, embrace it, and remember each day is given to you as a gift, so use it wisely.