Reflecting on 2015

2015 Year End Letter

This is the time of year that I begin to hear people talk about how quickly the year has gone. Some say it with glee because 2015 brought about some rough patches; others wish it would never end because blessings have abounded. 

I have long pondered why it is that time seems to move more quickly the older I get. I began to wonder what age this phenomena starts. So, over the last few years I have conducted a very scientific piece of research in an attempt to answer this question. Every year, I have surveyed my girls about the passage of time. And now that they are 21 and 23 years old, I believe I have stumbled upon some truths about this mysterious phenomenon.

We can all agree that there are 365 days in a year containing 8,760 hours equaling 525,600 minutes.  But, there is something about what is done within that year, those hours and the minutes that seem to contain meaning in my quest towards an answer about the passage of time. I have asked my girls a variety of questions about time and so far, I have broken the moments of life into 2 categories. I’m sure there are many more, but these two categories seem to hold some truths about why it FEELS like time is moving slowly or quickly.

The first are those “I can hardly wait” moments! These are those moments that you wait with anticipation; you sit on the edge of your seat; you cross off days on a calendar just waiting in anticipation. For kids, those are the moments of firsts…first day of school, first puppy, first snowfall; and for adults it might be a long awaited vacation, a big promotion, the release of Star Wars! These are those moments where you wait…and wait…and the days and hours seem to linger on and on. Is it possible that time passes more quickly as we age because there are less and less “I can hardly wait” moments?

My second theory about why time passes more quickly the older we get is related to those “ too much to do” moments. As we get older, we take on more and more responsibility. Whether we do this out of necessity or obligation, it seems as though there is not enough time in a day to complete all that we have to do. These “too much to do” moments seem to grow with each year. Soon, there are more things to do than minutes in a day.

Are the years passing you by…or are you living each minute, each hour, each day savoring all that it has to offer. How many “I can hardly wait!” moments filled 2015? How many “too much to do moments” occupied your year? I don’t think we necessarily want to slow down time…but we want to LIVE fully every minute that every day has to offer. I often wear a bracelet that was given to me when I was driving back and forth from Seattle to Spokane as my dad was living with cancer. It reads:  “Everything changed the moment I figured out there is exactly enough time for the important things in my life.”

Dwell in the midst of all that is important to you in 2016…

there is just enough time.

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