Do you wonder how life has gone by so quickly? How all of a sudden you’re in your mid-forties, yet you remember the eighties like they were yesterday.
I hear myself saying “It’s all going so fast” more than ever these days. The kids were kids not that long ago and now they’re in their late teens/early twenties. I look at old (often pre-digital) photos and sigh. I also remember when I thought 40 was SO OLD. Now, I’m thinking well 80 is pretty old isn’t it?
Tomight I’m on the train from Sydney to Canberra tonight, and I’ve just been yarning with a fellow passenger. She too, can’t believe how fast it’s all gone. A great-grandmother, with a husband with Dementia, she understands the value of every precious day.
As we waited for our train to depart we shared the tales of our lives – the navigating family demands while still fitting in time to do “what we want”. I think for most people – life is about the juggling act.
We’re all busy navigating work demands, schools awards ceremonies, family doctor appointments, extended family weddings and birthday parties. Plus there’s the other stuff like volunteering – meetings, sausage sizzles and cake stalls, as well as our activism.
Life isn’t “out there”, it’s here and now. It’s ordinary. And that’s okay.