It's the journey, stupid!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I just couldn't wait to grow older, and not have to go to bed so early.  I was so certain that so many exciting things happened after I was sent to bed.. I could hear my parents laughing downstairs.  No fair.

I couldn't wait to grow older, to get my driver's license.  C'mon, driving around in a little red convertible, that would be so cool.  And it would be most helpful in meeting/dating women.  It's rough to go on a date on my bicycle.

I couldn't wait to reach legal drinking age.  There are so many secrets to be uncovered through the wonders of alcohol.

I couldn't wait to get married.  The drinking and the alcohol worked, and now I couldn't wait 'till we had children.

I couldn't wait for our first child to be born, and I just couldn't wait until she could walk... and then talk... those milestones that we all look for.  I take lots of pictures.

I couldn't wait for our second child... hmmm... I don't remember our first being this tiny, and helpless.  How did I not notice that?  I take fewer pictures... it's not nearly as exciting the second time around, right?  I can't wait 'till both girls are older.

Grammar school, High School graduations.... religious milestones... first this, first that... I can't wait 'till they're off to college... the house will be so much quieter.

College, and college graduation, I can't wait 'till they come back home.  Their own apartments?? What?!

Engaged?!  Oh, my... I can't wait 'till we have grandchildren.

Two grandchildren... living hundreds of miles away.

The landscape is speeding past my windows, faster than I can discern, and somewhere along the way, in my haste to arrive at the destination, I didn't spend enough time enjoying the journey.

I can't seem to slow the hands of the clock. 

I can wait.... I can wait.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

I always say kids can’t wait to grow up, then when they do, they wish they had not been in such a hurry.

Dec 11, 2017 06:11 PM #16
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

What a good piece you've written, Alan! It wonderfully sums up just about everyone's feelings as we go through life.

Dec 11, 2017 06:15 PM #17
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Wonderful post Alan May ...the older we get, the faster the hands on the clock and the days on the calendar fly by...

Dec 11, 2017 07:58 PM #18
Tyra Hatcher Mitchell
Alliance Realty - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Realtor

Wonderful, wonderful post.  I once passed by daughter's room and thought Geez, when is that room every going to be clean. I realized- when she was grown up and gone. Bam! I closed the door and started loving her more.

Dec 11, 2017 08:03 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I love this post! Entertaining for sure but what a powerful message. Howofte do we wish our time away without realizing it. Wow is it going fast!!


Dec 11, 2017 08:36 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Damn clock. Mine has the same problem!

This post reminds me of a great song by Trace Adkins, You're Gonna Miss This.

Makes me cry every time!

Dec 11, 2017 08:46 PM #21
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Enjoying the journey is such a huge part of life that many of us don't realize until we're older. I've been thinking about the speed of life quite a bit lately, with my sons in their 20s and doing their own thing, my parents both deceased, and life going faster and faster each year. I could swear it was last week when I wrote "2017" for the first time. I'm lucky that I have pretty much enjoyed the journey so far (with the exception of the mid-teen years of my sons which were tough). My going-forward goal is to continue to enjoy every day, no matter what gets thrown my way. Thank you for the reminder.

Dec 12, 2017 03:34 AM #22
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I'm with you.  It all goes so fast.  My mom used to tell me that and I never believed it.  When I was 12 and she was 50, I figured that she lived my life 4 times over.  That just seemed like it would be an eternity.  

Dec 12, 2017 05:10 AM #23
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

What a fantastic post for this time of year!  I too have two daughters that are out on their own and far away.

No grandchildren yet, but I sure wish I could slow down that darn clock...

Kinda brings a tear to my eye.

Dec 12, 2017 06:56 AM #24
SmartZip Analytics
SmartZip - Pleasanton, CA
Adam Long, Director of Enterprise Sales

Great post. Hits us straight to the heart. All true. Thanks, Alan!

Dec 12, 2017 10:19 AM #28
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

I have been thinking about the same thing lately.  Thank you for giving words to my thoughts!  Great post.

Dec 12, 2017 10:23 AM #29
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

The older I get, the faster times flies.

Oh, to have enjoyed more of the journey!

Thanks for sharing a well written and meaningful post.

Dec 12, 2017 10:49 AM #30
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Great post, Slow down and enjoy the ride, time goes by so quickly!

Dec 12, 2017 11:04 AM #31
Christi Farrington
William Raveis Real Estate - Norwalk, CT - Norwalk, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Wonderful, just wonderful!  Loved every well-written word as I traveled the same path as you Alan May.   About two years ago I started practising mindfulness so that I wouldn't rush through my day/life without experiencing every moment.  Unfortunately, I do have a tendency to lapse into old habits.  Thank you for the reminder!

Dec 12, 2017 12:38 PM #32
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Time flies when you’re having fun!


Dec 12, 2017 01:04 PM #33
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experience Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is poetic!  We can all relate to the sentiment.  Enjoy the time you have left!

Dec 12, 2017 01:32 PM #34
Doug Cook
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors - O'Fallon, IL
Better Service, Better RESULTS!

Well said, Alan.  I'm reminded of that old Alabama song:  I'm in a hurry and don't know why...

Dec 12, 2017 05:28 PM #35
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Couldn't agree more. Those times when we were just kids--lively, energetic and free. More importantly, we have no bills to worry about. lol! 

Dec 13, 2017 01:28 PM #36
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It is the journey, not the destination. We finally figured it out.

Dec 14, 2017 05:58 PM #37
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Youth is wasted on the young, right? We don't know to savor every moment of it.

Jan 09, 2018 04:29 PM #38
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