It is beyond comprehension that my youngest is done with his Freshman year of high school today.
I mean, he was just a
terror baby, climbing everything in sight yesterday.
Nope, yesterday he was “studying” for exams while participating in a group chat and laughing.
My mantra when he was little was, “He’s going to be a great adult… he’s going to be a great adult…” and for the most part, that is remaining true. Not yet an adult, but he is definitely heading in the right direction. Fingers crossed 🙂
But this post isn’t about him. Don’t worry, there will be others, but more attention is the last thing this kid needs.
No, this post is about time.
Time flies. Where did the time go? I don’t have enough time. Good times. Bad times. High time.
I’ve written about this before, but I know it’s needs repeating… daily. When we’re caught up in the stuff that makes us so busy – work, practices, sports, emails, text, social media, BOOKS, worrying, fretting, planning, and whatever else we do with our time – we lose the gift of the presence. The here and now. We constantly go through our day living in the past or present, planning for the next great moment.
But then we’re never really “there” to appreciate the moment we had planned for so long. I think this is why I have started to appreciate pictures so much. They stop time. Literally. Pictures capture a moment that will pass by in seconds, but that memory will last forever. I’ve even started to look for things that will represent how an ordinary moment can be extraordinary. Baby feet, crossed. A pair of wine glasses on a beautiful table. Six grown siblings, posing in a photo booth. Wedding shoes, kicked off for dancing.
Little, tiny things that tell a story of that moment. Saved forever in time.
I have learned to look for these moments and take as many pictures as I can. Sure, not everyone will appreciate them, but I do. I know when I look at them, I’ll be taken back to that moment and smile, because the moment wasn’t lost. Time didn’t fly away.
So make it your quest, this Summer – remember it goes by so fast – to capture the little moments. Look around you and see what it really is you want to remember in any given moment, and capture it. Whether it’s with your memory, phone, or camera. Just save it somehow.