That is how to today felt, as if it zoomed right past me. It’s what happens when you are busy and don’t pay attention to what is around you. Do you remember driving home from work today? Do you remember your lunch hour?
It doesn’t matter what all is on the calendar or what is lined up at home for the evening. The speed limit is still the same. The clock does not tick any faster. I’ve always had a rule and a camera in my lap. The rule is: Notice the sights when you drive. Forget everything for a moment except the road rules. Take in what is flying right by you along the 377; the fields of blue bonnets and Indian paint brush. Now don’t get too distracted by the cuteness of all the calves and foals grazing in the pastures. And if you carry a camera, stop and take a picture. Take in a deep breath. Smell the fragrance of the air even though it may be coming from your local cattle barn. Take a picture of the cloud formation or the old dilapidated barn.
Lunch. You probably inhaled it. I almost did then I realized that I don’t have to and that everything I am about to do will still be there. Lunch was wonderful. It consisted of my favorite Subway sandwich, the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on flat bread with olives and spinach with Mozzarella cheese. This is the toasted version chased down with a bottle of ice cold Fiji water. I ate lunch with the dead at a cemetery. It was the only place I could safely pull off the road and eat in quiet with the windows down and a cool Spring breeze blowing a few strands of hair across my face while I took a bite of bread. It slowed the day down a bit. My thoughts drifted elsewhere away from the tight uneasy schedule.
There are many ways to snatch time. Turn off the phone, or at least get off the screen. Stop multitasking. Just concentrate on one task. That task should stimulate the mind. In a 2013 article written by Carolyn Gregoir, Senior Writer of the Huffington Post, she quotes David Eagleman, “The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. ‘This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,’ Eagleman said — why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.”
Make the most of your moments. Time flies.