When you’re a kid you sit and listen to the hands on the clock tick as you stare at the time slowly dwindle down in the school day. It seems as if the days are so slow you feel like you’re in a trance and the weekend never comes!
You can’t wait for night time to play kick the can or flashlight tag. The school dance is on Friday night but Friday is forever away. The days of the school year seem to stand still when all you want is summertime and time with your buddies. Attending cookouts is something you look forward to and parties are the best! Time couldn’t move any quicker for you and the event you’re waiting for the moment that all the anticipation leads up to is the time of your life.
Slowly as you get older you pick up an after school job or join some clubs. Sports are still on your plate and all of a sudden juggling your homework and your extra curricular activities is becoming work ontop of that new job you got bagging groceries at the Shaw’s on Main Street.
Graduation, the day you waited for is here and gone within moments. You spend the year planning the summer out. You want to be partying your butt off with friends and anticipate your feet will be prune 95% of the time because you can’t get out of your neighbors pool, why would you? Don’t forget you’re still bagging those groceries to save for gas to get to and from college and the stacks of books you have to buy just to take a few classes!
Now you’re in college. Shaw’s said you can come back during the summers so there’s that off your plate. Time to get to work. Not to mention the endless walking and stair climbing you have to do just to get to and from your classes. Calves of steel are paying off for the ramen noodle only diet your bank account allows you to have. Guess what? College is over now. You passed but you gained that freshman fifteen plus some from all the keg stands and late night pizza delivery with your dorm pals. Suddenly you think you’re whole life was suppose to be planned out for you but all you have is a diploma saying you made the grades and have a degree.
Back home to Shaw’s and mom and dads unless you’re like me and had an apartment before you even graduated high school, then you can stay there! However, the bills are racked up and you have no clue what building credit will do for your future. Online shopping and rounds at the bar it is. Don’t forget about the pizza!
Eventually you find a job, who knows if it’s actually the one or not. You find maybe a steady boyfriend or girlfriend and make some plans for the future. Who knows maybe a surprise makes for a party of 3 and then you have a baby. Maybe you plan and get married and do it the old fashioned way and then have kids. You buy the white picket fence home, you have color coded vehicles and besides your mother your spouse is basically the only person you text. The occasional get together with a kid you played flashlight tag with. The once a month dinner with some of the girls from school. You follow them on social media and “ooo and ahh” over their newest pics of the kids with the family labradoodle. You show off your family activities and the fun things your little one has learned because your kids are your entire world. You’re in bed by 8:45 watching your typical Tuesday night line up looking back at your life wondering … where time went and if you put the laundry in the dryer.
…. in the blink of an eye you’re an adult.
i wrote this out straight out of how i was feeling. I honestly probably won’t read it over because I just wanted to write a raw post with no real reason other than to just want to know if anyone else sits and wonders how it flew by so damn fast….
Here’s to cherishing every moment and savoring every memory!💋