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Margaux Grove-Needham   
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Time Flies ByTime flies by. Can you believe it is Thursday already?  Easter is almost here again.  Where has the time gone?  We have all felt this way at some stage. Is time really going by quicker?  Could some unknown force be at work speeding up our clocks without us knowing?
 
Maybe as we get older our internal clock reminds us that time is “running out” and we seem to have less time available to us. Ask a child who is counting the sleeps until their birthday how quick time goes by.  They find it agonisingly slow!
 
On this subject, why is it when you are “young” (relative term!) do you proudly announce your age as 5 years, 4 months and 10 days?  But when you hit 45, you are in your forties, give or take a year here and there?  Last year I hit the big “three-oh”.  For me, this was a huge milestone and one I was not eagerly anticipating.  So when I turned 31 this year I decided to go back to being 29.  This got me thinking – why do we do this?  Do we maybe feel that time is running out and we need to try force back the hands of time?  For me, being 29 signified that I was still young and could have fun and enjoy life.  But now, being in my thirties I have to grow up and be serious and responsible.  Really?  Why do we have to stop having fun?  Maybe that is a big element in why we seem to battle with time.  Maybe I need to embrace being “in my thirties” and have fun with it.  In 9 years time I will be 40 (shock horror!) and I certainly won’t pass for a 29 year old then!

Think about this: when you are stuck in a queue at the bank for an hour, time seems to drag by so slowly.  We get irritated and grumpy and end up snapping at the teller.  When we spend an hour with friends or family socialising, time goes by so much quicker.  In reality the time went by at exactly the same pace, there really isn’t a sneaky, unknown force speeding up and slowing down time at random.  So what is the difference?  Perhaps it is just our attitude towards the situation.  We enjoy socialising.  We don’t enjoy standing in queues.  We mentally convince ourselves as to how the experience will be and we create it just so.  You convince yourself that the bank will be busy and hot, there will be a long queue, children running around shouting and playing (and, notice, enjoying themselves – same situation but different attitudes!).  By the time you get to the bank you are already in a bad mood because you have convinced yourself how painful this experience will be.  Why not change your attitude?  Strike up a conversation with the person in front of you, take a magazine to read, listen to music on your MP3 player.  Change the way you look at it and you might have a pleasant surprise – you won’t feel as though you have wasted your precious time.

I often find that I plan to do certain things over the weekend, and come Sunday night most of those are left undone.  Why?  Partly, we do not use our time effectively.  This includes procrastination.  We say we will phone that friend - tomorrow, write that letter - tomorrow, play a game with our children - tomorrow, hug our spouses - tomorrow, tell our parents we love them – tomorrow.  What if tomorrow never comes and we leave all these things undone? None of us know how much time we have in this life.  All we have is the here and now.  This moment in time.

Children have no concept of time.  They love life and enjoy every moment.  They make the most of every situation because they know no other way.  Looking at the world through a child’s eyes gives you a whole new, fresh perspective.  My son is two, and he has already taught me more than I think I could ever teach him.  He has allowed me to see the world through his eyes and that is truly a beautiful place where time really doesn’t matter.

So embrace this moment.  Write that letter. Make that phone call.  Enjoy and live every moment in the time you have been blessed with.  Appreciate every breath you can breathe and every step you can take.  You do not know when it will be your last one.

“Like sand through an hour glass, so, are the days of our lives”.

Margaux Grove-Needham, proudly, 31 years and 12 days old today.
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