I have both heard it said and said it myself…”the older you get the faster time seems to go.” Breathe in, breathe out and another year is gone. It just seems like yesterday we were putting up our Christmas decorations and when we did that we had to hurry to remove our Halloween decorations because it just looked weird to have spiders crawling around on our icicle lights. Ah but it was interesting there for a day or so.
When I (like pretty much everyone else) was young I couldn’t wait to grow up, to be an adult. I wanted to be able to make my own decisions and touch other’s lives. I honestly believed those two “goals” were two. Little did my small mind understand that they were in-fact one. My decisions were not my own…it took way too long to realize that every one of them affected so many more people than just me.
When my nieces and nephews came along I remember making it my “goal” to be the BEST Aunt that I could be. I wanted them to know without a doubt that I loved them and that no matter what, if they needed me I would always be there for them. I wanted to live a life that pointed them to Jesus…and to be a GOOD example. It blessed me to hear that some of them got together and unanimously voted that I was their favorite aunt for all the reasons I had lived my life as I did. BUT, it didn’t take any time at all to realize that I couldn’t “rest on my laurels” when I made some very bad decisions. All the years I lived for others love were for naught in just a couple years. I did learn my lesson…that’s what time has taught me.
As fast as time flies the lessons you can learn IF you choose to do so are fitting for the years you have to live to learn them. If there is one thing I would love to pass on to others is; if you can possibly learn from someone else’s mistakes do so…the pain you have to go through to learn it yourself really does qualify the analogy of the toilet paper roll – it spins a lot faster as it gets closer to the end.