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Time Doesn’t Stop For Anyone

Time Doesn’t Stop For Anyone

I went out for dinner with a few girlfriends last week. We’ve all been friends since our kids were young and probably get together once or twice a year to catch up.

We had a great time – some good food and some great conversation but I couldn’t help think about how our discussion has moved over time and how reflective it is of the changes underway in our lives.

When the kids were younger, our conversations naturally centered around our children’s lives.

What they were doing, how school was going, what sports they were playing – the usual stuff that you would expect mothers to talk about.

This line of conversation continued pretty much the same way until this last dinner.

This last dinner was different.

Of course we talked about our kids – we quickly caught up on what they were doing, where they were going to school or working now, new relationships in their lives – those sort of things.

But then the conversation started to shift.

Our health became a large point of discussion. Who was recovering from some injury, who was suffering from some ache or pain and of course accompanied with suggestions on how to remedy these things.

What we were planning on doing next with our lives also became a topic of discussion. Where we were going to live – stay in the same house, think about moving somewhere else along with what we might be interested in doing once we eventually retired.

It was interesting to see how our lives that once were so centered around our children were starting to return back to ourselves.

As I later thought about the dinner, I found I had mixed emotions.

Of course not about the actual dinner with my friends but more about our changing conversation. This dinner was just another reminder of how time is moving forward and as much as I may want to hold onto it – I realized that time doesn’t stop for anyone.

I remember when the kids were small and the times I was so exhausted in trying to manage their schedules and keep on top of my own and wondering when it would ever end – I guess I have found out now that this is where it ends.

Maybe this is why we really need to learn to appreciate the moment.

As the old saying goes, “If I knew then, what I know now” I probably would have appreciated those moments a little more knowing now how quickly the time passes. But since I can’t go back in time, I guess I’ll just have to take this lesson forward.

I think I’ll try to slow down a bit more and appreciate more the small things in my life. As much as we may have the occasional large events or moments I think that it’s actually the small things that when joined together are what actually creates the real memories and the true fabric of our lives. 

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.