In some ways the last few years have been a blur. Even though time has flown by, I have done my best these last several years to enjoy life, make great memories, and live life to the fullest with my family. I have seized the days and the seasons of my kids’ lives as best I could, and I have really enjoyed the journey without a doubt.
But this week is different.
As we move another one of our kids off to college, I am finding myself pretty reflective — okay, really reflective — and I’m asking those classic questions: What happened? Where in the world did the time go?
We have all heard people say, it seems like yesterday… But this week, for me, it really does seem like yesterday. Seems like just yesterday when I was heading to college.
A few years ago, I was taking a college tour with my oldest son at Colorado State. I found myself getting really excited. About halfway through the tour I realized I was experiencing this thing first hand! I had to quickly remind myself it was not me about to head off on this new adventure. I was going to be on the not-so-fun end of helping pay for this deal! Time really does go fast and we just cant remind ourselves of that fact often enough.
In our family we really love basketball. In fact I got to coach our sons’ and daughter’s teams from third grade on. And you know what? All of that time… totally worth it. Seems like yesterday I was coaching Dylan’s third grade basketball team.
Proverbs reminds us that time is fleeting and that our lives are like grass in the field; the moments are passing way too fast. Even though today I find myself really reflective, at the same time I’m plenty thankful I have lived this season of life and the several years of parenting with few regrets. I was not always at my best, but ,for the most part I gave it my best shot.
I am reminded again today to “carpe diem” — to seize the moments and make the days extraordinary. Life just moves too fast to do it any other way.