Time Perspective In Youth
Time perspective changes throughout life. As a child, if I had to wait a year for something, that year seemed like an eternity. Can you remember the days you were anxiously waiting to be old enough to get a drivers license? I remember those days. As my sixteenth birthday loomed closer and closer, the wait seemed agonizing.
Growing old has taught me that time is relative. As a child, the span of a year or two seemed like a very long time. Now that I am in my mid fifties, a year or two seems to pass in the blink of an eye. Looking back to the day my oldest son was born, it seems like it was yesterday. Some days I am asking myself, “Where did time go? How did I get this old so fast?”
Time is Relative
Time is all relative. The older I get, the faster time seems to go. I sometimes regret the precious time I have wasted at times over the years. Everyone eventually gets to that age where it finally dawns on you all of those years are gone, and you’ll never get them back.
Now I can’t say I am living today in regrets. Any of my past mistakes have helped to mold me, and teach me valuable lessons I would not have learned otherwise. I can comfortably say today that I am happy, I am blessed, and that God has been good to me. So…I guess it all turned out the way it was supposed to.
Time is a Priceless Commodity
My advice to anyone who is young would be to never take time for granted. Make the most of your days, because every day is a day you will never get back. In the Bible in the book of James it says life is like a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. How true that is. The years come and the years go. Eventually you come to a place in your life where you are asking yourself, “Where did time go?”
It would be awesome if we could live every day like it was our last day. This would make us not hold back anything. It would make us be bold and do the things that we always wanted to do. We would say the important things we needed to say to the important people in our lives. You never know if you will get a chance tomorrow to do and say what really matters.
The Old Plate On the Wall
I remember an old decorative plate my Mother had hanging on the wall of the kitchen when I was a child. It wasn’t a particularly attractive plate, but the words on it were powerful. I remember reading the words on that old plate one day as a child. They were forever ingrained in my memory. The words on the plate were as follows:
The hands of time are wound but once
And no man holds the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour
Now is the only time we have
Live, love, and toil with a will
Place no faith in tomorrow
For the clock may then be still.
What profound words those are! Today truly is the only time we have. We cannot change our past, and tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us. I pray God will help us all to realize today is the day that matters. By living one day at a time, and making the most of today, we will be making great strides in living happy and free of regrets. Someone once said, “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” That’s great advice.
Thanks for Reading,
Until next time,