I was talking with my son (a 17-year-old) yesterday, and he was complaining about how quickly time was passing. This amazes me. When I was his age, time CRAWLED by. I couldn't wait until I got older so I could actually DO some stuff. It was torture to have to wait to do anything.
Apparently, it was a different world way back in the DARK ages when I was young.
This weekend, while waiting in a drive through for some food, my nine-year old announced that it was the fourth of November.
I got irritated, groaned, looked at my teenage son (who was driving) and asked him, "How did THAT happen?"
He said, "What, how did it become November and how is it that it's already the fourth?"
"Yeah. THAT." I replied.
"Time is going by so fast!" he tells me, "You know, it seems like this should be August."
"Of what year?" I asked.
Needless to say, these days, time flies by so quickly and so violently that it's somewhat like an all-over, soul-deep rug burn. (My impressions only ... your experience may vary.)
What amazes me is that this year, which should IMHO still be in the late 1900s or VERY early 2001 at the latest, is nearly over. Soon it will be 2008, which really baffles me. My life is getting sucked away at a rate that is frightening, and I seldom get the things done that I want to do. I get up in the morning, I work, I blink, it's night, I do my "family" stuff, and it's time for bed. (Rinse and repeat.)
It's not always been like this. It's been similar for several years, but this year seems to be particularly bad. Having discussed this phenomenon with clients, family and friends, I have discovered that I'm not alone. Every one is having a tough 2007. I can only hope that next year... less than 60 days away now ... is better. MUCH better. More leisurely, more laid-back and slowed down. More. Well, just MORE.
In the meantime, I'm going to attend a Time Management teleseminar on Friday, November 16th in the hope that the organized, enjoyable life I used to have will find the few breadcrumbs I've managed to leave for it and come back home before next year.
Is anyone here finding these same difficulties?
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