Time. It’s something that should be consistent. Just 24 hours in each day and that’s that. Do the best with it you can. You get no more and no less.
But it’s NOT the same to everyone. Ask anyone under 10 years old whether time flies. They’ll probably tell you it wobbles at a snail’s pace.
I started thinking about how time moves at different speeds during different phases of your life. Surely every adult remembers how long the time was to Christmas or your next birthday. It just seemed to drag on.
Finally, you grow up and became a parent to one or more. That’s when time takes on the traits of a rocket. The space between wake up and tucked in goodnights passes at breakneck speed. Rarely do the day’s chores and obligations all reach completion. Time to think or plan becomes a luxury. Time alone, by yourself, is so precious that most of it is captured in the bathroom! You are constantly on call and forever busy.
Then comes the empty nesting period; the time when your grown children are on their own. They are making their own decisions and molding their own place in the world. Time starts to slow down as your work schedules curtail or ends and you retire from the employment scene.
The part that comes next may be hardest of all. This is when your decisions begin being questioned. Others may suggest that they know better, what’s best for you. The tragic part is – sometimes, they are right.
I was thinking about this catapult of change from one life phase to another when I wrote Just Another Day for Consider This. Please read or listen along and see what you think.
Consider This Show – Just Another Day
Just another day. As a teenager, I can remember awakening with a sigh; it was about to become Just Another Day; one that would include studies and chores and meals and interaction with family members.
If I was really lucky, it might even include some alone time. I treasured those moments when I could think my own thoughts, rather than triggering responses to authorities or parents. I longed for adventure, travel, obstacles to overcome, goals to conquer. Instead, it was just another day.
Today, things are quite different. After six or more decades on this earth, I have been there, done that. Became wife and mother first to my own and then the grand kind of mother to theirs. Had a career, visited 48 of our 50 beautiful states and places beyond as well, been as much of a fashionista as I wanted to be, met and slayed the dragon, the monster, the enemy and the fool.
Today, my wish is for Just One More Day – to enjoy health and the beauty that surrounds us. Having friends and daily companion and family to love is quite enough. All I desire is One More Day to enjoy them all. And then one more, and perhaps one more after that.
There’s nothing I treasure more than the serenity of – Just Another Day.