It seems as that whenever I get together with friends a quick walk down memory lane is in order. Now with the beauty of Timehop, seeing everything that happened a year ago, two years ago, five years ago provides a memory lane walk everyday. That can be nostalgic, but also very scary.
It isn’t just the looking back that can be scary, but the looking forward, too. I’m getting ready to close another chapter of my life – graduate school and after that comes a chapter of uncertainty. I’ll be starting a career, but where I’ll plant the seed for that tree to grow is still a little cloudy for me. Whether I like it or not, I know I can’t sit by idly while time passes me by.
When I look back at how long its been since I was an undergrad, it boggles my mind. Back then I would always say that I couldn’t believe I had been out of high school for X number of years. Now it seems that new experiences have become the dreaded nostalgic moment. “I can’t believe it’s been this long since I was that,” or “I can’t believe its been this many years since I was doing that.” Now I’ll soon be telling myself that I can’t believe how long its been since I was in graduate school.
And so the cycle keeps going.
For me as I begin a new chapter, it can get often tricky to keep your footing. When you start a new chapter, there’s levels of uncertainty, doubt and fear and you can almost never be fully prepared for what new thing you are about to take on. Yes, it will be my first time being independent of school and with that brings a scary sense that I’m ill-prepared mainly because I lack the experience of that environment. But I tell myself, I will learn as I keep on going. I just need to keep moving.
But what I have learned most from how quick time can pass you by, it is that you need to move with it. You need not fear or doubts slow you down in any way. You really need to seize the day and make the most of every single thing you are given. It sounds cliché, but it is true. If we stop for even a second, that second can create itself into minutes, hours, weeks and years of just falling into a routine that will jar us when we realize it has been X number of years since…
We just need to remember that, yes, time is always ticking. But that doesn’t mean we can’t fill each second we are given with experiences that thrill and excite us, moments that teach us and impact us, people that love us, places that amaze us, and opportunities to better us.
So time will keep flying, and while it will be scary to think of ourselves becoming ever more distant from what we have known and what we have felt comfortable in, we are just getting closer to where we are supposed to be, doing what we should be doing and becoming the person we were destined to be.
The next time you look back and are shocked by the years its been since high school, or college, or since your first crappy job, or that deep heartbreak, or the loss of that loved one, or since you married the love of your life, or since you held your child in your arms, just ask yourself how you have spent your time. Time won’t wait for you – so don’t wait for it! Get living!