Your time, your life, your choice


Do we chase time, or does it chase us?

Who tensed up at the sight of this image?
Where do you have to be? What should you be doing? What is yet to be done?

When we're younger we have a sense of unlimited time. Any life challenge or difficulty obviously needs to be solved, but we don't fret the element of time in which to do it. Truthfully, in the life timeline perspective/proportion, there usually is ample time. Yet, our minds trick us, because even then it is limited. Our lives are always at the hand of uncertainty. We just don't feel it.

Gee, thanks.
I know, right?

As we grow older, that feeling changes. Suddenly we feel poked and prodded to hurry along. Impatience can set in, and bucket lists appear. Worries about retirement funds are on the minds of many. Introspection about happiness and purpose tug at our heart strings. We awake to the need of changing life habits in order to better caretake our health. We see our kids grow up at lightening speed, and shake our heads in disbelief at the fact.

Where does the time go? We have so much of it, and then we don't.

Usually at some point, a significant life event catapults us into a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings. These events cause us to reevaluate, and call us home to our centers of being. In all frankness, they are many times necessary to get the job done. Even if we believe we live lives of conscious purpose, we can still get caught up in the stress of a fast-paced world.

We are obviously best-served by embracing these significant events. Settle down into them, accept them. Mull over in wonderment at what is to be learned from them. Allow them to help us reevaluate, and prioritize differently. Allow them to invite more meaningful connections and people into our lives. Through these times we learn to appreciate and cultivate the deeper virtues of empathy, presence, forgiveness, patience. We become better, and we better serve our loved ones and communities.

These processes create that minor inch-shift in mentality. The sense of abundance once more has the chance to grow. Significant events have a magical ability to help us weed out the unnecessary frills and time-sucks. We rid ourselves of the things and people that no longer serve us. We gain time for more meaningful connections and endeavors. It is many times an automatic perk that is impossible to see as we're being catapulted, and feeling overwhelmed.

On the other hand, we also begin to realize that if we remain present, we once more feel that we have enough time for what's important. Being present in our own lives is truly a vital key. The beauty of it is that it lends us meaningful moments and makes any sense of time, or lack thereof, feel irrelevant. 

We can feel chased by time, but we are only present in it. Each minute, each hour, and each day. We can only know 'right now'. Anything else is logically uncertain.



With what will you fill these moments of today?


“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.” -Lauren Oliver-

Stay safe and warm wishes,
Tamera Daun

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