Is it just me, or does it seem like time doesn’t hold the same meaning anymore? I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out!
When I was a little kid, I can remember waiting for FOREVER, just for the chance to go to recess. I would start school at 8am, and recess would be about 10:30. The only thing I remember is that it would seem like an eternity or 3 just to hit 9:30. I would be so wound up by the time I actually got to recess, that you would think it’d be the end of the day. Don’t even get me started on lunch. I could barely wait to just run out of the classroom by the time 12 came around. Weeks would seem like years, years seemed like lifetimes. I don’t know if it was just me being really impatient, or if time was somehow stretched out.
It seems like money and inflation have an direct relationship. As our dollars become worth less and less, time seems to get shorter and shorter. Back in the day, I would have the pleasure of getting various treats for like a quarter each. These days, I don’t think it’s possible to get anything from an ice cream truck for less than 75 cents. I remember when a week actually seemed like a long time. These days, it seems like Mondays are just a weekend apart. Shoot, it felt like I was just a freshman in college, leaving for school sometime last week. In actuality, it was about 8 years ago. Just CRAZY!!!
What really blows my mind is how even though time seems like it’s getting shorter, we seem to cram so much crap into the time that we have. The weekend before I moved to Oakland, I drove from Sacramento to Oakland, rode in a car from Oakland to Fresno, came back to Oakland, drove down to Sacramento, then came back for a final time to Oakland. I had a FULL weekend. No wonder I was so worn out the first week I was here. The stupid thing is that I always hear people say that they want more time in the day! They want an extra day in the week! There’s a general idea that people would spend that extra time actually resting. That is a crock!!! If people had extra time, they would just spend it being busy. They’d find something else to do that would fill up their lives. Maybe they’d work that extra day a week.
Part of the problem is that we are such a society that wants everything when we want it. We need to have our information NOW. If I’m hungry, I want to eat NOW. If I buy something, I don’t want to wait for it to be shipped to me, I have to have it NOW. Instant gratification has helped us destroy the value of time. There’s no need to wait for anything anymore. Used to be that anything worth having was waiting for, now it’s more like anything that’s worth waiting for needs to be instant. OXYMORONIC much? What’s even worse is that we’re so nostalgic for things. We love the stuff of our past. It’s so funny to me that we cherish the old stuff, when we barely stay in the moment long enough to really enjoy it.
That’s something that I think really sucks. Part of the problem is that we spend so much time building something up to be great. We waste a majority of our lives waiting for something. Nearly everything we’re waiting for is over and done within mere moments. I could be waiting all day for the chance to come home. I’m watching the clock all the time. Once I finally get off work, what am I doing? I’m falling asleep, in anticipation for the next work day ahead. Christmas morning! When I was a little kid, I would spend the whole week before Christmas all excited about what was to come. When all was done, all the excitement of the day peaked before 9am. After that, I was just running on fumes. It messes with my head!
It’s really hard to just slow things down and live in the moment. Why?! What are we looking forward to so much that we have to be in the future. Looking so far down the stairway, that we’re fumbling down the steps. There has to be a change of heart somewhere along the line. Next thing we know, we’re going to be 80 years old, reminiscing about the old times where we wasted all of our time doing absolutely nothing.
Think about it. How much happier could you be if you just stop and appreciate things, instead of being in such a hurry, and wasting things away.
We all have a good chance…