Time is an illusion.” — Albert Einstein
“The older you get, the faster time flies.” — My Mom
She also said “You’ll be sorry!” when I was wishing for a distant event to happen. (Like Christmas when I was six!)
“One day you’ll be old and you will have wished your life away waiting for things to happen. Many times those things weren’t worth the wait!” (That is the truth!)
This is another instance of “I wish my mom were still around so I could tell her she was right.” (I don’t think I ever told her she was right enough. She was a smart lady but of course at the time I thought I was smarter.)
This whole time thing flew up this past weekend when the beloved husband found pictures of his work retirement luncheon. That was 10 years ago. TEN YEARS! Cowabunga!
I remember when he retired. I was working. He retired in the middle of the summer. As I was trekking off to work he was drinking coffee and reading the paper in the screened porch. The birds were chirping and frogs croaking and I was going to work.
I have been retired five years. How did that happen?
My niece and nephew are both retiring towards the end of this year. (Don’t try to do the math. My siblings are considerably older than me so most of their kids are my contemporaries.)
It’s hard to think of myself as the “older” generation. In my head I’m still 20. My body occasionally says differently but not too often. Maybe I can’t wear high heels but I can pull off skinny pants.
I take off my glasses to peer in the mirror (you’d be surprised how well that works).
The “kids” in the family are middle-aged. Their kids are having kids.
Most of the time I don’t think about time. You can’t do anything about it. It happens. I live each day as it comes. Then something happens and bam! It smacks you in the face.
At the end of the day though, it’s better than the alternative (and I’m not looking forward to that).
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” George Harrison