As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself looking back at the past year. Where did it go?!
The older I get, the faster time goes. I remember as a kid waiting for birthdays, Christmas and summer break, it seemed like it took forever. The anticipation was almost unbearable and the days felt a lot longer than 24 hours.
What has changed? Is it that, as adults, we don't have anything left to look forward to? We don't need to wait for birthdays or holidays to get what we want, most of us don't know the meaning of delayed gratification. Even vacations don't feel the same. As a kid, packing up the car and hitting the road was an adventure. As an adult, the excitement of the impending expedition is replaced with the stress of preparation and planning.
I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, I prefer the term "concerted effort". This year, I am going to make a concerted effort to try and reclaim the feeling of anticipation and excitement of my youth. I'm going to try to look at everyday tasks, like going to the grocery store, as adventures. I'm going to make sure I laugh and play everyday.
But most importantly, I'm going make sure to let the people I love know everyday how much I appreciate them and how grateful I am to have them in my life. I don't want the time to pass so quickly that instead of memories I have regrets.
So whether yours is a resolution or concerted effort, I wish you the very best and hope you all have a happy and healthy 2011.