life lessons / time always goes fast

This past weekend my family and I traveled three hours west to Ortonville, Minnesota to celebrate my Great Grandmother’s 90th birthday. She has been through a lot in her lifetime, so it made my heart extra happy to see all of us gathered together for her on this special day. While there, I was having a chat with my Grandpa about the good old days when he said “You know, my dad always told me that time goes by so much faster as you get older.” He went on to share more wisdom, but I was stuck on that simple thought. It’s something that crosses all of our minds, but is often ignored as we go about our busy lives.

Growing up seemed to last forever. At least in my eyes it did. And now, I can’t believe I’m almost halfway through my twenties, thinking about buying a house as well as other “grown up” things. I’m not sure where the time went ( don’t we all say that?? ), but I’ve certainly become keenly aware of how I spend my days. It’s becoming less about what I think I should be doing and more about listening to my heart. We all deserve to be truthful with ourselves and define our own lives. Otherwise, life will pass you by.

SO, if you could pick anywhere to be right now, where would you go? My grandpa has a cuckoo clock in his dining room, which instantly brings me to that time + place where we all gather around their table playing cards over the holidays. We eat good food, sip on drinks, talk in weird accents, and laugh a LOT. Nothing about it is fancy, but I would give anything to be in that place right now.

Life is what you make of it. And I know that I have much to learn ( believe me – my mom tells me this all the time, ha!! ), but I’ve decided to start sharing more of my personal thoughts and life lessons right here on the blog. I love the discussion that these things can create and look forward to chatting with you all about this and that and everything in between. Sound good??

  1. Danielle says:

    Sounds very good! I really enjoyed this anecdote.

  2. Ffion says:

    Sounds good to me :) Love the illustration by the way. So sweet and simple.

    I feel the same way… When I was little it felt like FOR-E-VER until it was Christmas again and a year seemed like such a ginormous time-span. Now I’m like, we just had Christmas, why is it already Christmas AGAIN?! Your grandpa was so right about that…

    Time just seems to fly by and so much of it is just wasted on busy work instead of relishing the little details that bring us so much pleasure…

    • breanna says:

      Thank you! True true : Christmas used to take forever to arrive, didn’t it?? It’s like time has quadrupled or something like that. Unreal!!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Sounds good! I once read a scientific explanation about why time goes by faster but it didn’t really make me feel any better or slow anything down :) {Something about how we can compare the years…I don’t remember!} It sucks how time just gets away from us, often doing things we don’t want to be doing. Working on changing that!

    • breanna says:

      I’m sure there are SO many explanations, but nothing will ever ease our thoughts of it all other than simply enjoying it while we can. :)

  4. Pati Mo says:

    it’s funny you say that because yesterday i just finished the book true grit and in the end, the line that stuck with me was ‘time runs away from us’. so true x

  5. wow, this has some perfect timing. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get *more* out of my everyday, you know? wake up, work, eat, work, relax a bit, work a liiiittle bit more, sleep, repeat. I’m realizing that as I grow older and slip into these patterns, the everyday becomes a little less special, less memorable. I’m so afraid I’ll wake up 10, 20, 30 years older and wonder what I did when I was young and in my twenties, or why I didn’t change something to really appreciate the life that was going on around me. thanks for this reminder, Bre. I’m really looking forward to this new series!

  6. Shelby says:

    This came at the perfect time…I’ve been pondering time lately and how quickly it flies. It’s disconcerting how many people don’t realize the limited time they have and put their dreams on the back burner, only to one day realize they let months or years slip by. I try to remind myself everyday how precious each moment is. Beautiful post.

  7. Oh, I just love this for two reasons: (1) Because it’s honest…. and I love when other bloggers are more personal in some of their writings, and (2) Because I’ve been pondering the same idea! Time does go by fast. Too fast, if you ask me. I’m approaching 30… and I can’t believe it. I keep thinking about kids (even though I am definitely not ready for that…) but mainly because, hell, I’m almost 30. Isn’t that the next step? At least, that is what everyone keeps telling me.

    My point, is time surely flies by… but I also think some people even rushes it sometimes. I like what you said — Life is what you make of it. To start listening more to my heart… than to others… or what I think is suppose to be happening.

    Anyways, I think I’m rambling… more I wanted to thank you, Bre. Because this is definitely what I needed to hear. It’s got me thinking — a lot! And I’m glad. :)

    • breanna says:

      I feel ya! I keep getting sucked into the idea of what I “think” I should be doing based on tradition or other people’s thoughts. And truly, it’s just getting in the way and becoming confusing!! It’s hard to remember to just follow your gut when so many other thoughts + opinions are floating out there … but we gotta do it! Working on it myself. ;)

    • breanna says:

      OH, and I agree … love it when bloggers share a little more of their personal side. Life isn’t all pretty color palettes and shiny new objects.

  8. Crazy that you just posted this, because it was just the other day that I was having a conversation about how time is relative. When you are 5 years old, a year feels long because its 1/5th of your life. Now, for me, a year is only 1/20th and therefore feels much quicker. One positive that has come for this is patience. I never fully understood the saying “patience is a virtue” until I began to grasp time. Maybe they should change the saying to “patience is a virtue that comes easier as time goes on.” Time is such and interesting topic, thanks for bringing it up today. I can’t wait to see what else is to come with this series :)

    • breanna says:

      I’m so glad you commented! I never even thought about being 5 and having that be 1/5th of your life. Same for 20 and etc. Such a cool way to look at this topic, which makes so much sense. :)

  9. Barbara says:

    I’ve been having these nostalgic feelings lately, like you have.

    If I could be anywhere right now it would either be back in Poland in 2005 when I spent some time with 3 family members who have passed away since then. I think I would have cherished those moments a little more than I did if I had known that it would be the last time I’d see them.

    Another time in my life I wish I could go back to is when I was close with who was then my best friend. We drifted apart when she moved away at the beginning of high school and since then it has been difficult to see her life move on without our friendship!

  10. Caitlin Metz says:

    I live in constant panic that I’m going to waste my time, and life will have passed me by. It’s so strange to me that I’m a grownup suddenly. Time is so very very strange.

    Love the new feature idea, honest life posts are my favorite <3

  11. Kerry Rose says:

    This is a wonderful reminder–time is fleeting and we often don’t realize this until after it rushes right past us. Looking forward to these life lessons! :)

  12. monika says:

    I love this post. Thank you for sharing! I am always trying to make sure each day is filled with at least one thing that I want to be doing.

    This past weekend I went backpacking with some close friends and it was so so nice to be there — free from my computer, free from work — just me in the woods with wonderful people and the pretty scenery around me. Every chance to slow down and be present is a good one.

  13. DaleRad says:

    Well said Bre. Grandpa’s wisdom and family time are some of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sounds perfect. You write beautifully so it would be lovely to hear more personal things from you!

    I think it’s only as I’ve grown a little older that I’ve given myself permission to have a quieter life – as you say, not what you ‘should’ be doing but what your heart tells you. My heart tells me that cosy dinners with friends, blankets and quiet cups of tea, or a walk in the park is usually the best place to be x

  15. Adriana M. says:

    That was such a beautifully written post — even my boyfriend loved it. Thanks for such an inspirational post, Bree.

  16. Rhiannon says:

    I didn’t realize you’re so young! I’ve just started reading your blog and loved your design aesthetic. I’m also learning a few things now about graphic design, with the hopes to shift to graphic and web design as a full-time job soon. I think you’re amazing for everything you have up here! Really inspiring stuff. I’m also nearing ‘half-way through my twenties’ and I agree with you with how I want to spend my time. I wish I could be with my family in more meaningful ways. It’s funny, I moved back to my home country because I didn’t want to grow old alone in a foreign country, but now that I’ve moved back, I’m too busy and frazzled (more often than I like to admit) to spend time with the family I moved back for! I’ve spent most of today actually just realizing this and realizing I need to start scheduling in more time with them. Even if it’s not productive. It’s what I want to do with my life anyway. Funny how we forget these things as time speeds on by. Thank you for reminding us so eloquently!

  17. Helena says:

    Sounds so familiar to me! I’ve written about the same thing a while ago – http://blog.helenalapetite.com/2013/05/may-on-instagram.html

    One reason I can think of for why time seems to go by faster is that we don’t experience many things for the first time anymore. Everything has been there before. Nothing new…
    I try to mix things up a bit every now and then, Like taking a different route when I go for my run, buying different things from the supermarket… Although that’s hard, because you get used to doing things a certain way – habits. And humans seem to like habits. ;)

  18. I love this post and look forward to more personal posts from you down the road.

    The passing of time as been excruciatingly quick these last few months. I think one of the reasons time passes so quickly as you age is because we are more and more living for the future and ticking things off our to-do lists along the way. As children every day was its own adventure and life was spent sublimely in the present. Maybe if we can find a way to ground ourselves in the present every day, time won’t pass us by quite so quickly. It’s worth a shot anyway!

  19. Fenne says:

    Sounds very good :-)
    I got the same realization a while ago and I changed a lot of things in my life.
    Like you said, growing up took so long, my childhood days felt endless, summer lasted forever.
    Thanks for this post, I’m happy to hear that I’m not alone with these thoughts.

  20. “It’s becoming less about what I think I should be doing and more about listening to my heart.” — This rings so true for me. I’m at a point where I’m ready to make my first “real” career move (not just, get-your-first-job-out-of-college-and-climb-the-ladder) and after being unhappy at a corporate job contemplating working for a start-up that I’m really excited about. I know my mentors will tell me not to do it (job security, pay, etc.), but although I’m young, I don’t want to waste my time being dreadfully unhappy. Like you said — time only goes faster.

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