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Time flies when you’re having fun

A year is 365 days, 12 months, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 mins, and 31,536,000 seconds. Regardless how you measure it it always seems to go by too fast when you’re aware of it and slow down when your trying to rush it.


When the weekend comes and you’re excited about hanging out with the family, relaxing or getting things done around the house you blink and it’s time for bed the workday comes early. You can be on vacation and it never fails those 7 days are the fastest throughout the whole year. Your kids start walking and talking and before you know it they have their license and graduating high school. Time flies when your having fun.


The other side of that coin is time also seems to slow down when your in a dark place, when your struggling, sick, hurt or sad. Those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years seem to go on and on. It’s like the end is no where in sight like you’ll never get through the pain, never get any relief.


In retrospect it’s still the same seconds to minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days, days to weeks, weeks to months and months to years. They only difference is your perception. Your mind set, your focus. When your having fun, enjoying life, making memories, filling your days with things you love your focus is on those things not the time your spending doing those things. However when your sick, hurts or sad you seem to watch the clock a whole lot more intently. 6-8 weeks in a cast, 2 months no lifting, 4 months bed rest, 3 days since you signed the divorce papers, 6 months of chemo treatments, 2 weeks since your baby moved off to college. You watch that clock ticking, sit in your pain focusing on the emptiness or the fear.


Still those same seconds pass. What if when you’re in your pain, your dark days, in the struggle you allow yourself to feel it learn from it and still try to focus on what is good vs just the pain. If you train your brain to get through the stressful work days reminding yourself you’ll see your beautiful family when you get home, or as your in the hospital bed be excited your nurse is super attentive, let pride feel you when you’re a empty nester, show gratitude that you neighbor takes out your trash when you can’t lift post surgery.


The thing about time is once it passes, you can never get it back. Why waste it on things that bring you down, why dim your light focusing on things you can’t change. Embrace whatever life throws at you and give your undivided attention to all things that bring you joy.


Make every moment count, savory every second. The good the bad and the ugly. Focus on the good even in the not so good moments. Remember in even the dark days this too shall pass.



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