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.
But 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.