Just Let Me Catch My Breath! – Dealing With the Rapid Passage of Time

Okay, just hold everything for a minute. I need to compose. A little time to digest how quickly life flies by without waiting or pausing for anyone to catch up.

You all will be proud of me for, once again, resisting the urge to turn into a blubbering idiot this past week.

This time was the hardest of all.

This time Graham went back to college after being here for nearly a whole month. And this time he is leaving for his last semester of college.


He’ll be graduating this spring, and then starting a job, and then getting married soon thereafter.

Like I said at the start of the article, hold everything and just let me catch a breath.

I think the reason we are so baffled by how quickly time passes as we age is because one year progressively becomes a smaller percentage of our lives the longer we live.

Think about it.

When you were in grade school, the year seemed to drag on endlessly. You were just waiting for that final bell to ring, and then you’d be free.

A year seemed like a reeeeaaally long time when you were only 8 or 10, probably because it was a much larger piece of your life.

But when you are 30, 40, 50, and beyond, that year becomes a very small fraction of the time you have spent on earth and thus seems very, very short. Shorter with each one that passes.

So what am I saying here?

I guess the bottom line is this: ENJOY YOUR LIVES, PEOPLE!

Enjoy your kids, enjoy your families, and above all enjoy your time on this planet! Be thankful for what God has graciously allowed you to have, and never forget how quickly things can change.

When I look at my kids and what they are all doing, I am thrilled to be a part of their lives. If you have read my book offered in the side bar, The Seventh Request, you know how thankful I am to be here, and how thankful I am to be healthy and able to enjoy this time with my family.

Sorry. I don’t mean to be a downer. On the contrary. I am trying to be upbeat here, especially in the wake of my son’s recent departure from home. It didn’t help matters that I also had a birthday this week. Another blatant reminder of the passage of time.

But this is awesome! I have one more 7 year adventure left at home to enjoy. She is my treasure, and I intend to make the most of her time left here with us.

I hope your new year with your teenager is happy, exciting, prosperous, and fun!

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  1. Very good pause in our lives, and to see our children grow up and be productive is a good measure of of our lives. I hope you had a good birthday with Don and Andria. I know that you, like mother and me, are grateful that you were blessed with another birthday. We wish you many, many more with your smaller family.