It has been theorized that, as we get older, time speeds up.
Whether it’s because we’re introduced to less new experiences than we did when we were kids, or our biological clocks have slowed down, the jury’s still out on why this is a phenomenon.
But no one can argue the speeding up of time is something all of us experience as we age.
Last week, over a span of five days, I celebrated my oldest daughter’s tenth birthday and attended my 20-year high school reunion.
If there was ever a time where I felt the crushing weight of the passage of time, this was it.
Not only do gray hairs begin to sprout when I watch how mature my daughter has become, but it’s jarring as hell to see a group of people I haven’t seen in 20 years.
I met most of them when I was around my daughter’s age, and now we’re getting together to celebrate being out of high school for two decades.
In short: I’ve never felt older.
Seeing old classmates — some balder, a few grayer — after so long was completely different, while being exactly the same, if that makes any sense.
We fell back into old habits and gravitated toward the same group of people we always did, as if we were sitting in the cafeteria having lunch together.
The only difference is that there was some alcohol involved, and a lot of us knew our kids would wake us up early the next morning, seemingly indifferent to the fact that mom and dad stayed up way past their bedtime.
When I tried to explain to my kids the next morning how fast these past 20 years have flown by, their brains were incapable of comprehending.
To them, a six-hour school day may as well be six days. To them, time drags.
But not to us. This was a time to marvel at how quickly time flies.
This post, however, is not to send you into a depression about your impending demise.
Rather, I want to encourage you to take advantage of your time, and this stands as a good reminder to do exactly that while we are still relatively young.
Spend time with people who matter.
Sneak in an extra round of golf.
Start your own business.
Speak your mind.
For God’s sake do something. If this past weekend taught me anything, it’s that time is going to fly no matter what you do, so get as much enjoyment out of this life as possible.