Sands Through the Hour Glass

Did another year really just pass?  I know it sounds cliche, but it honestly seems as if it wasn’t that long ago that we were welcoming 2017 and yet now we are bidding it goodby.  When did time begin passing at warp speed?  And more importantly, how do I slow it down, at least a little bit?

It’s not that 2017 was a year that I particularly treasured.  Like most years, it had its good points and its bad points.  I could have lived without the two root canals and the three new crowns (those hurt both my mouth and my wallet), and the less said about the numerous varicose vein treatments I endured, the better.  I wasn’t a fan of the summer drought and the damage that wrought on the local environment.  And one way or another, I said good-bye to a few dear friends whom I miss very much.

IMG_3571But 2017 also had it’s good points.  I enjoyed a fun beach vacation with my family, reconnected with some old friends I hadn’t seen in far too long, and got to experience an (almost) total solar eclipse.  My blog was featured on WordPress “Discover” which put me in touch with interesting and talented writers from all over the world.  But best of all, I got the wonderful news that a grandson is on his way and, if all goes well, he should be arriving soon.

Aside from the chance to finally be a grandmother, I really don’t know what 2018 will bring.  I’m sure it will be a mix of highs and lows, the same as almost every other year.  I’m equally sure that it will pass by quickly, or at least that it will seem that way to me.  I had always heard that the older we get, the faster time flies, but I guess I had to actually experience it before I believed it.

I learned long ago to stop trying to make New Year’s resolutions because I rarely manage to keep them.  But I hope, now that I’ve reached the point in my life when time is passing far too quickly, that I will remember to treasure the good times and the good things that do come my way.  I’d like to stop hurrying through a life that is already moving along faster than it should.  I want to try savor the moments and to live in the present, especially now that I realize just how quickly the present becomes the past.

Time may be moving more quickly for me, but that’s okay.  I still have time enough left to enjoy the people and the things that I love, and that’s good enough for me.

134 thoughts on “Sands Through the Hour Glass

  1. Time flies but it’s not just us and the fact that we’re getting older, it’s the fast times we live in. Even my 16yo son says that time is flying (I guess when you’re on summer holidays every day that passes is another day closer to having to go back to school!) I guess the trick is, as you said, is to savour every moment.
    Happy new year Ann. Hope 2018 is a wonderful one for you.

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    • Thanks, Miriam! It’s good to know that even teenagers are feeling how quickly time is going by, and maybe it’s not just my age. I agree, everything is fast these days….and too fast for my liking. All we can do is savor our moments. I hope you and your family have a terrific new year!

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  2. Happy New Year Ann!

    I agree that 2017 was an eventful year, and 2018 promises more of the same…but different. Wouldn’t it be great if we could enjoy the “good” and navigate around the obstacles at a leisurely pace, rather than feeling like we’re drinking from a fire hose? It won’t happen, but its nice to pretend for a few moments.

    Looking forward to reading your future posts filled with the observations of grandmotherhood! (And hopefully fewer dental emergencies 😉 )

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    • Oh yes, the less time I spend in the dental chair in 2018, the happier I’ll be! And yes, I do wish we could control how quickly time passes at least a little bit. I love your analogy of drinking from a fire hose. That’s what it feels like all too often!
      Happy New Year, Gabe! Wishing you all the best in 2018!

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  3. 2017 did go by fast, I so agree. It did have some good moments sadly there was a little bit more of bad moments , my father in law passed in Aug and a young man 17 yrs old passed due to a horrible automobile accident in Nov , a kid known well to our community . So happy for a New Year … That put me as a more over protected mother so this year I’m trying to calm that down a notch then the storms in 2017 just horrible . So all of this has taught me things well has shown me to take it one day at a time look for the good in a situation and love just love my family and friends even more. I guess we all need to stick together . Congrats to becoming a grandmother soon how exciting! 🙂

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    • I’m so sorry about your father…losing a parent is always hard! And for the young man who died well before his time, too. I think you are right, all we can do is stick together and love each other that much more, knowing that we have no guarantees for anything. I wish you and yours a very happy new year!

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  4. I feel the same way. Time is flying by faster than ever! I also try to make a commitment to myself to live more in the present, but it is harder than it sounds (for me, at least). 2017 was a very difficult year and I’ve decided to make some big changes in 2018, which is both super-scary and exciting. All we can do is take what we’re given, I guess!

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    • Yes, I like that old saying that we “can’t control the hand we’re dealt, but we can control how we play that hand.” I think that sums it up nicely! And it is hard to live in the present during the bad times. Maybe we don’t even want to, because during those time we need to look ahead to an hopefully brighter future.
      Happy New Year and I hope the changes are good ones!

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  5. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your post! I am with you on the whole time speeding up thing. After turning 50 (seven years ago), it’s as if someone turned on the fast-forward button. Quite bizarre! As you wrote, a wonderful way to try and slow it down is to savor moments, live in the present, enjoy the people we love and the things we love doing. Well, said and a lovely reminder! Thanks! =)

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Brenda! It’s amazing how many other people our age have said time seems to move faster now. So it must be a real thing, one way or another. And all we can do is to savor the moments, especially the good ones. Happy New Year!

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      • This is a real phenomenum for sure. At first, I wondered if it is that we are more aware of the passing of time? You got me thinking so I asked the “magic box”, as my husband likes to call it. =) According to Psychology Today … “but the best answer for this phenomenon is that the early years are full of first-time events – your first date, the birth of your first child, that first big vacation, etc. First occasions are novel events and we tend to make more detailed and lasting memories of those first times … So here is the key to slowing down the pace of life (at least psychologically): As much as possible, take advantage of new and unique experiences.” Of course, there is a lot more information on the topic, as there is on every topic online. But I thought this was interesting. Just a tidbit! (haha)

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  6. Ann, I thought it was just me who felt last year particularly flew past but my mother and her friends said the same, and even my son and his friends as well! Spooky…it’s wonderful when some days are slower and you can feel the minutes in them – a real gift in life! I wish you lots of joy this coming year (hopefully far fewer visits to the dentist) and congratulations on becoming a grandmother. How exciting…seeing your grandchild grow through the year is another amazing way to see time pass.

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    • Thank you so much, Annika! And congratulations on getting your book published. I have added it to my list of books I’m going to buy on Amazon in the near future. I’m also glad I have discovered your blog! All the best to you and yours in this new year!

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  7. I especially loved the title Ann. Looking at an hour glass has always filled me with a strange helplessness with regard to time. It seems to just pour out and all we can do is look at it. Looking at a clock does not give the same feeling perhaps because of its repetitive design.
    In the fast moving time may all of us be able to capture some wonderful moments.
    Present that fast turns into past and future that suddenly become present. That is the only certainty in this uncertain world.
    Happy 2018 Ann.

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    • Thanks! I know….sands dropping through that hour glass do represent how time is moving so much faster than I would like, and that there is nothing I can do about it. But all we can do is treasure the present so that when it is the past, we know that we have no (or few) regrets. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  8. Even though there were some lovely things that happened in 2017, I’m happy to throw 2017 out with the garbage and welcome 2018 with open arms! May you and your family have the best of years and congratulations on being a grandmother for the first time!

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