As we edge closer to New Year’s Eve I get a bit of the blues. I tend to be weepy as I look at my children, my life and the state of the world around me. The passage of time has always hit me hard. I swear my babies are still 3 and 6. They can’t be 13 and 16 years-old. Ten years could not have passed by already. I swear it was just yesterday I could pick up my 6 foot baby boy and carry him up the stairs.
I hear of my parent’s ailments and forget they are not the people who can still out run me in Disney World. My parents once said to us as we were leaving Magic Kingdom, “We will take the bus back later. We are going over to Hollywood Studios because Daddy wants to ride Rock’n’Roller Coaster again.” He sang “Dude Looks Like a Lady” for days. Now, he can barely walk. He needs help to get out of bed and barely leaves the house. Where did the time go?
I am not one for wanting to turn back the clock but I guess I need to respect the clock a bit more. Realize the passage of time happens in the blink of an eye and continue to appreciate what happens in the moment. Anticipation of things to come or pining for things that have happened distracts from the here and now.
So, I have chosen my word for the new year. I will finish this year of Joy and 2017 will be Purposefully. Purposefully – something done deliberate or on purpose. Describes the action or demeanor of a person who is determined or resolute. Perfect.