when i was little,
i remember distinctly my
evil uncle brent
(a title he relished and reinforced with constant good-hearted teasing)
telling me to enjoy life now
because as i get older
it is going to go by
faster and faster and faster
and that although a year may seem like an eternity
to an eight-year-old,
once you get into high school
and then beyond that,
the years just whizz past.
at the time,
i thought he was crazy
but it turns out
he was right.
since officially entering adulthood,
i find myself often mulling over the fact that one school year
as a child seemed to take forever to complete
and that by the time a two-month long summer vacation was over,
i couldn't even remember the beginning of it...
it seemed so long ago.
i started wondering what it was about adult life
that made time go by so fast.
is it because, as we get older, each passing year
is a smaller and smaller fraction of our total life?
...or, is it because as we leave the time of milestones
(graduating high school, finishing first year, then second year...)
we get lost in the routine of the every day
and we tend to put our heads down and just get through life,
rather than really enjoying & living every day to it's fullest?
i've started to believe it's the latter.
today it's march first
and i can't believe that two months of 2011
have already flown by.
so my intention for this month
is to slow life down.
what better way to do this than by making sure to
every moment & every day?
to put this plan into action,
i'm going to begin a daily practice of meditation
(something i've been terrible at before,
so i plan on starting small - a few minutes at a time- and working my way up)
to help myself live more in the now
and see the moment as it is
and i'm going to journal daily, even if it's just something small
to mark the day and the things that happened.
hopefully in these ways
i'll be able to look back on every day
and have it take up a bit of meaningful space in my mind
so that all these days don't end up just blending together
under the general title of spring.
do you notice life seems to move faster than it used to?
what do you do to slow life down?
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