My high school class will celebrate our fiftieth reunion this month. FIFTY YEARS! Where has that time gone? I can remember as a child thinking that the summer would NEVER pass. I was always eager for school to resume, to get back to band and interesting studies. As an adult, I’ve always been able to entertain myself, but as a child it seemed that the days moved like molasses.
Now, the reunion looms, followed by an anniversary, and another birthday will pass in a month or so. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, funerals, reunions, they are all reminders to take a look at our lives.
Like most of you, some of my time was taken up with family. Dear Husband and I built a house and invited my mother to live with us. She was with us for 18 of the 25 years we lived there. For a lot of those years I was a paper pusher for my husband’s company, and a lot of time was spent balancing the books. That seemed important at the time. Along the way my stepdaughter married and they gave us three granddaughters. We measure time by their lives, too.
Now, we’re retired, working at staying well, and getting used to the idea that retirement isn’t actually afternoons spent in a hammock. It seems that we are even busier now than when we worked. Perhaps that is the secret to the passing of time. We have always had goals to reach, activities to accomplish. We move from one goal to the next, not adding up the minutes and hours and days that are passing, until we get to one of those way points in our lives.
I’m glad that we have the chance to look back, to see if there are things we want to add to our lives, or if there are things that we should let go. Whatever we do, I expect time will pass faster with each day.