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. My brother used to say that if he was told he only had six month to live, he’d move back home with our parents because then it would seem like six years.

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  2. My mother always told me time would go faster as I got older but I didn’t believe her. Now, I see the point. I believe it goes faster for me because life is so full and I’m learning to live in the present moment. Thank you for sharing this article with us and Happy 2018! Blessings, KK

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  3. How time flies ,true about that part as well as to stop rushing out things, focus and treasure each moment that you live in.
    Good post
    Happy New year Ann
    Have a joyful nd blessed year ahead.

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  4. Dear Ann, we reached the age where time indeed begins to accelerate. My mother, who passed away at 95, made the same observation. When you are young, time is relative. A school year appeared to be like eternity, whereas the summer holidays came to an end too quickly. What you said about enjoying the good moments in life is so true. I would like to add to this, even during painful events one needs to keep one’s eyes open for the good things in life. I am presently going through painful cancer treatment on my neck. Without it I would have never experienced the great outpouring of love of my entire family. So as we are going into the New Year, let us always count our blessings and be thankful for the good things in life. Happy New Year to you and your family! Peter

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    • I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer, Peter! I hope the treatment is over soon and is completely successful. And I think you are so right, there is good that can come from the bad, such as the love and support you are feeling from your family. Looking for the “silver linings” is a great way to stay positive! Happy New Year and all the best in 2018 to you and your family!

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      • Thank you, Ann, for your kind words! Staying positive is the key to good health. Things are looking good for a complete recovery!
        Six hours left in our nook of the world until we ring in the New Year.

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  5. Happy new year, Ann. I like the idea of not trying to make a new year’s resolution. It is really another honest statement of yours. I don’t think I really manage any of mine either. I thought I missed the new year last night, I was so sleepy after a full day of going here and there after a week vacation. I went to bed so early, didn’t hear any fireworks from the surroundings. And when I woke up this morning a very nice quiet surrounding was welcoming me. 😍

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  6. Hi Ann,

    Glad to have found your blog! I believe you have captured the essence of middle age in this post. How funny and strange it is that time starts to move so fast. I hear that it does slow down again around 85! I hope we get to find out if that’s true.

    Here’s to a full life and a fabulous 2018!

    Angie

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  8. Remember when tons litwrLky stood still? As a kid in a boring class in school it felt I would never get older.. on a day when my three boys were little and challenging and I thought they never ever would grow up … and now … time flies by. A year feels like a month used to feel. Very strange.

    Peta

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    • I know! When I was in school, I thought the clock was broken because time seemed to pass so slowly. And when my kids were little, everyone told me to treasure that time because it would pass too quickly. Up to my neck in diapers and bottles, I doubted the truth in that. But they were right…and time has been speeding up ever since!

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  9. 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.

    Being a grandparent is the best. Resolve to be the grandmother who always has cookies and provides a refuge from cruel parents and has a sympathetic ear to listen to all things that one would never tell their own mother. 🙂

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    • That’s exactly the kind of grandparent I want to be! I’ve already been a parent…now I get to be the grandparent, and let the parents worry about all those annoying “rules.” Happy New Year!!!

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  10. Exactly – what more could you really want or need than the time and ability to spend time with those you love and love you – and becoming a grandma is going to fill you so full you aren’t even going to believe it! Can’t wait for you, Ann! Happy New Year!!!

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    • Thanks, Jodi! I can’t wait for him to get here, safe and sound. And yes, the older I get, the more I realize that all I really want from life is the chance to spend time with the people I love! Happy New Year!

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  11. Time seemed to move so much more slowly when I was a kid – summers lasted forever… I know how you feel when time slips like water through hands. Here’s to a better, more fully lived 2018~ Cheers!

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    • Oh yes, summers lasted forever, but so did those hour-long math classes I hated so much! Now everything goes by quickly, both the good and the bad. But I really do hope I can live more fully in the moment in 2018. Especially since I’m out of school these days….

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  12. They do say time flies when you’re having fun. You must be having lots of it. At least that’s what I tell myself as another year goes whizzing past. These are the days we wished for when we were kids – “fun” all the time. 😉

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    • Sadly, these days times seems to fly even when I’m not having fun (although I suppose that could be a good thing?) But I do remember when I was a kid and thought that all my problems would be over when I grew up….funny how we get what we wish for, but then it doens’t turn out quite the way we had thought! Happy New Year!

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  13. Time truly does fly away in warp speed, must be at least warp 7 in mind. 😉 And I think the only way to make it move slower is indeed to more enjoy the right here and now like kids do for example. For them time seems to crawl unbearably slow especially around Christmas 😉 There are many techniques and activities that can help to make your more aware of each moment, best example in my mind is drawing. Just grab a pen and paper and draw something right in front of you for about 15 minutes. You will notice how much your mind focuses on the task and simultaneously slows down so you feel much more relaxed.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year! 😊

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    • That’s a good idea! And even though I have no talent in that area whatsoever, I may just try it. Because even if no one but me can tell what I just drew, and least I had to concentrate on it enough to draw it. I find the same thing happens with writing: I have to focus solely on what I am thinking/feeling, and how I want to express that. And time really does seem to stand still in those moments. Happy New Year!

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