It seemed like yesterday that I was at my parent’s house poolside watching my 3 year-old son and nephew splashing and laughing. My next clear memory is visiting my mom and dad when they moved from the house to a condo.
It was 17 years later and while I was visiting them, I took note of a young mother who was playing with her toddler in the pool. Without even thinking I said, “Enjoy this time; they are little for such a short period.”
To think that was 21 years ago absolutely amazes me. We are all saying how fast the years go by. It seems like we start a new year, blink our eyes and we are looking at end of the year holidays.
In the scheme of things, we are here for a very short period of time. True, there will be many who make KNBC’s Smucker’s Jam and Jelly jars as they hit 100, however, more often than not, our time on this earth is somewhere between 70 and 80 years.
I am not writing this to be depressing or even to focus on our ‘exit date’, but more precisely to remind people to make the most of the time we are here. Find your passion. Laugh when you can. Cry when you are moved to tears. Tell those you love how important they are to you.
And, if you truly open-heart, use your time here to learn and grow, you will hopefully be able to look back over your life and feel good about the person you became.