Everyone I Know is Getting Older.

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It is a well known fact that time flies.aging

Unless you’re at work.

Time speeds up anytime you want it to go slower.

Weekends.  Vacations.  Lunch hour.

Time slows down anytime you want it to go faster.

Dental appointments.  Class periods with a really annoying kid.  Prostate exams.  Staff meetings.

Time is our enemy (as are doctors with big hands).

I think most people are like me and don’t really focus on time.

Because if we did, we wouldn’t waste it.

Time is precious because it’s limited.

Yet, we treat it like it will be here forever.

We watch too much TV.  We sleep too much.  We do things we don’t like because we’re too lazy to change.

I don’t really notice the effects of time when I look in the mirror.

I only notice it when I see the effects on other people.

Just recently, I saw several people whom I’ve haven’t seen in over 15 years.

The good news is they are still around to be seen.

The bad news is they’ve gotten old.

Way old.

I did my best not to gasp and point when I saw their aging and decrepit bodies (I’m not say I didn’t… I’m saying I tried my best).

It’s like they’ve aged 15 years since I last saw them.

Me?  Not so much.

I am exactly the same as I was back in the early to mid 90’s.

It’s amazing really.  I look great.

At least I think I look great.

Then it occurred to me.

How do I look to them?

I guess I shouldn’t worry about it.

With their fading eyesight they probably didn’t even notice.

Time marches on and if I’m lucky I get to tag along.

At least for a while.

RIP Coach.

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5 Responses to “Everyone I Know is Getting Older.”


  1. wozza
    on Oct 23rd, 2011
    @ 11:52 pm

    Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like an apple.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @wozza, Huh?


  2. Marcus Byrd
    on Oct 24th, 2011
    @ 4:36 pm

    My grandmother always said
    “The only thing constant is change”

    I guess that includes all of your old acquaintances. They are constantly changing from young to old!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Marcus Byrd, Your grandmother was (is) a wise woman.


  3. wozza
    on Oct 25th, 2011
    @ 7:34 pm

    Dude! You want me to explain ‘time flies….’?

    This pithy little saying (it’s full of pith) hinges on the dual applications of the words ‘like’ (one is part of a simile, t’other is a verb) and ‘flies’ (one is a verb and t’other is a noun).

    F’rinstance Mike – fruit flies are little insects and what do fruit flies like? Answer?

    Keep thinking…keep thinking…you’ll get there.

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