The game finally ends and I walk to sit down on the bench to rest my exhausted body. Leaning against the wall, the next group of guys take a big gulp of water and step onto the basketball court, ready to start the next game. The conversation with the other guys on my team will always involve this sentence: “Wow, I wish I could play like I did 15 years ago.” In the near past, that sentence wouldn’t apply to me. Now, I can carry the flag of my fellow teammates about how much better I felt in the day.
When you are young, time is a non-factor. Hours seem to melt away on the basketball court with friends, or playing video games. We all know the old feelings of wanting to be older when you are young and wishing you can go back in time when you are old. As a 30-year old human, I am now in that sweet spot where I can begin to acknowledge the speed at which time flows. As a kid, it’s impossible to quantify what time means to you because life is still evolving and you are still finding your place in the world. Ironically, once things settle down, time begins to speed up. The general consensus among my fellow adults is wishing the week away so the weekend comes faster. I’ve been in that mindset for the past few years. And the result of that mindset is months going by in the blink of an eye. I am in the belief that people tend to build up things in their mind, and when said thing arrives (sporting event, weekend), it cannot live up to the mountain we’ve built for the event. That build up makes Monday even more painful, and the wishing for the next event even more excruciating.
To everyone young and old, I hope you get the opportunity to appreciate the incredible force of nature that Father Time is. His wife, Mother Nature has nothing on him. He’s seen a universe form out of nothing, planets come and go over billions of years. Wars have taken place in his watch, medicine evolved from nothing into incredible. And in my life, I’ve gone from a nervous little kid to a nervous little adult, with some failure and success mixed in.
Also, to every article that says, “take a couple weeks off and go to Ireland, or swim the Pacific, or just drive the country,” please stop. 99 percent of us work to support our life and family, and simply cannot go on Forrest Gump-type runs across the United States. However, it is okay for us to take time to appreciate things in our circle, and if the moment is available, take a trip. We can’t simply pack up and “go”, it’s not that easy for everyone. That’s my PSA for this article.
“You may delay, but time will not.” – Ben Franklin. In other words, appreciate your life, it goes too damn quick.
Thanks to Goodreads for the quote.