Happy 2013 everyone! Where did the last year go? And how did it go so quickly?!
I’ve often wondered why our perception of time changes so dramatically from when we were kids. And then I realized it was because when we were little, and in school, we were always looking forward to something. The more we looked forward to it, the slower time seemed to pass.
As an adult, at least for me, I’ve realized I don’t really look forward to anything like I did back then. Sure, I’ll mark events on my calendar, and I’ll really look forward to enjoying them…but except for a quick glance, every now and again, I don’t think about them much. Life, after all, gets in the way. Every minute of every day when you’re a grownup.
I’m sure most kids look forward to the first day of school every year. But within about ten days, they’re anticipating the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. And hot on its heels is the two week break at Christmas. Then the next decent vacation is around Easter…until summer finally rolls around again.
Those are the things we lived for when we were kids. Our lives revolved around one vacation or another…and we looked forward to them with excitement, anticipation, and usually desperation…because no matter how great that first day of school was…school pretty much sucked. I mean really, it did. We had to get up early every day, sit through mind numbing classes for hours…when all we wanted to do was be outside playing. Or sleeping in.
In the midst of all of that were the biggies though. Waiting to be a teenager. Waiting for our driver’s license. Waiting to graduate, to get our first job, to have our first drink, or date. All we really wanted was to grow up and do whatever we pleased. To not have someone always telling us what we could and could not do.
As adults, life is usually living the same day over and over and over again. Sure we do our best to enjoy it, and schedule things to make it more fun, but unless we were to keep a diary that listed those ‘different’ things, one day is pretty much a clone of the one that came before it, and the one that will follow after.
And I think that’s why time takes on the weird effect of dragging along like a snail…thanks to the boredom of every day being basically the same, to turning around a few times throughout the course of a year and wondering how we got from January to May, or July to September, way too fast.
Every year for the past few years I’ve resolved to stop doing that. To figure out a few things that will slow time down for me a little bit. And every year I’ve fallen far short of that goal.
But I’m determined that this year is going to be different. I will figure out a few events…special events…I want to do. Things I can look forward to. Maybe make one of those ‘wish’ boards with pictures to represent what it is I want to do. And then hang it where I can see it several times a day to remind me.
Yes, I have some major goals for my family, home, and writing…but I need to plan things that will bring out the impatient kid in me again. Things that have me chomping at the bit because I can hardly wait for whatever it is to get here.
I really think that’s the key to breaking out of the boring box of ‘sameness’ I’ve locked myself in.
So welcome, 2013. We have a blank slate…and we’re going to make this the best year ever, you and I.
I know I’ve shared the following song before, but it’s so very appropriate, and really expresses the way I tend to feel at the beginning of a new year. ‘Another blink of the eye.’ Yeah. That’s how fast 2012 raced by…
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