Where Does All The Time Go? Pt.2 Friday,December 10, 2010

So, where does all the time go? Why do the years pass like days the older we get? And what can we do to slow them down? Seeking an answer I put the question to Google and found that there have been several studies on the subject. Surprisingly, nearly all the studies have reached the same conclusion, time doesn’t pass any faster as we age, but does appear to fly by when we feel rushed and overwhelmed. When asked why then older people seem to feel like time is flying by faster now than when they were younger two possible answers were offered. It was suggested, that this is such a strong folk belief that people report what they think they’re expected to feel. It was also suggested that maybe as we get older, we just don’t remember how rushed we felt when we were young, or perhaps, we’re all just getting busier all the time.
I tend to lean towards the last finding. I think we are all much busier, we can’t help it. Not only are we juggling time for work, friends and family matters, but we also need to manage some time for ourselves, for reading, hobbies and interests or just vegging out in front of the tube. Then of course there are all of our hi-tech related gadgets, laptops, desktops, ipads, ipods, cell phones, Wii, X-Box, etc., and let’s not forget Facebook. Good God, we have to have time to play with our toys and talk communicate with our e-friends.
The Bottom Line: There never seems to be enough time. And the time we do have is blowing by at an alarming rate! As upsetting as that may be, there isn’t much we can do about it. Oh well, what else is new? Get use to it.

So let me get this straight, Time flies, I’m getting older, and I’m in no position to retire yet. Man, that pisses me off, but then what doesn’t anymore. I mean, come on, it’s bad enough that time blows by, but then I find myself wasting the time I have! And what’s worse is that others actually waste time for me. Take yesterday for instance, I leave home and decide to grab a quick bite at a local drive thru. The line was long but I figured it would move pretty quickly.Wrong! By the time I reached the squawk box I was already frustrated. Then I’m greeted by a voice that sounded bored as hell, asking for my order. To make matters worse, when I finally got to the pick up window I was served by an extremely rude counterperson, who couldn’t seem to understand that they had screwed up my order. All I wanted was a freakin’ breakfast burrito for God sakes! It’s not rocket science! Then I foolishly got on to a jammed packed freeway and had to inch my way to work. take about inconsiderate drivers, I had a hell of a time trying to get over into the slow lane(ha ha) so I could get off at Grand Ave. A long line of inconsiderate drivers refused to let me move over. If it wasn’t for a truck driver in a large semi who finally let me in, I’d probably still be on the freeway! (Funny, but this part of my day didn’t seem to “fly by.”) Hell, by the time I arrived at work I was wearing a scowl and ready for war! And I only drive 5.5 mile each way to work! I cant imagine what I’d be like if I had to drive any further. I salute those of you who travel great distances to work and somehow manage to stay sane. Kudos!

I truly believe that 59 years ago I entered this world kicking and screaming my fool head off, fighting mad! Angry that my nine month slumber had come to an abrupt end! 59 years after that rather rude awakening I’m still ANGRY! Oh I may appear calm on the outside but on the inside I’m seething! Not all the time, but I have my moments. It just seems that every time I manage to find solace and peace of mind in this crazy world of ours, it is always short-lived, someone or something always seems to come along and screw it up.
I am truly a peacenik at heart so I just can’t quite figure out how I can get so damn angry. It blows my mind!
A good friend of mine once wrote a song about coping with life. In it he said “Be still and See… Be still and Be…” That a lovely philosophy, be still see, get in touch with your soul, find inner peace… God, that would truly be awesome! But how can I “be still” in this fast paced, rapid fire society of ours? Hmmm? Maybe learning this “Be still and Be” philosophy can help slow things down a bit. Guess I’ll have to work on that one. I’ll keep you posted.
JS

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