This weekend, most of us will get back that hour we lost in the Spring for Daylight Savings time. If you happen to still be in denial of the fall season (like me) – the time change could very well serve as an alarm clock to fall’s arrival.
The subject got me thinking this morning about time, and change, and how we change as we get older. My thinking time during the drive in to work will sometimes get me in trouble.
In the past I never really considered how much a person changes over time. Guess I figured you just travel through life keeping whatever preferences you always had. Now that my 46-going-on-26 year-old self is finding out that’s not the case, it’s got my attention. Here are a few things that come to mind when I consider these changes.
My taste in music. As far back as my adolescent years, I’d never listen to anything but rock. The heavier, the better. Now, country music has my heart. It actually soothes my soul and brings me peace.
My driving. I admit I used to be an aggressive driver, where even simple things set me off. Because of this I would experience cases of road rage at the drop of a hat. Now, my motto is ‘just get there safely’. I now look at operating an automobile through an entirely different set of eyes.
My taste in food. When I was young, there weren’t many things I would eat. I hated mac & cheese (any cheese, actually), pizza, seafood, cole slaw, and many others. The only fruit I would eat was a banana. From my 20’s to my 40’s, my ex was a picky eater. In this era, everything I cooked had to be bland – there was no ‘slipping in’ of an onion, tomato, cheese, mustard, etc. – lest he refuse to eat it. Fast forward to now – I love so many different foods and enjoy cooking new recipes with no restrictions as to the ingredients. I actually welcome opportunities to try foods from different ethnicities.
Life in general. I have found simplicity is the better way. This was not always the case for me. The older I get though, the more I search for an easier way to do things. This can range anywhere from household chores down to how I style my hair or what I wear. I’m constantly looking for better ways to save time. Maybe this is because with each new day we have less time left. We live in a world now where everything is complicated – government issues, terrorism, religious wars and a short-staffed workplace just to name a few. I yearn deeply for a world where everything is simple.
I never thought I’d see the day where my sweet Mom watches football games, y’all. If none of the above convinces you of people changing with time, maybe this one will. She inspires ME to watch more.
Time changes, all right. It’s become clear to me this will likely be an ongoing venture with many more changes to come. And, I’m okay with that.
At this old age of 29, I caught myself the other day, with my hands at the 10 and 2 position on the steering wheel. *sighs*
October 31, 2014 at 7:16 am
That just made me smile. 🙂 Truly, we finally start seeing what’s most important – getting there safe.
November 4, 2014 at 11:10 am
This is a thoughtful post. I just had a talk with some friends the other day about how I was not interested in the same things I used to be. I thought it might be a cause for concern; I was worried it was a “sign” of something…yes, it is a sign of something…growing and changing. My friends (one of whom is older) assured me that this happens to everyone…at least everyone who doesn’t stay stuck…Again, great post and good for you for your changes…embrace them…
October 31, 2014 at 7:57 am
Thanks so much! Once you get to thinking about change in your life, it seems as though one thing brings to mind another. Before you know it, you’ve almost got enough to fill a novel.
November 4, 2014 at 11:12 am
What a great entry and so sweet of you to mention me. You know, when I was younger, I really didn’t like change.. but then at some point (probably some time in my late 40’s), it hit me. Change is the one big thing we can count on in life. Don’t know why it took me so long to realize that.
October 31, 2014 at 11:23 am
I find myself quoting that line which you have always said more and more, Mom. “Change is the one big thing we can count on in life.”
November 4, 2014 at 11:13 am
I understand time change far too well. I usta be 25. Now I’m 65.
November 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm
Life is speeding by for sure, Carl. My 26 year-old daughter even talks of how fast time is flying – hearing it from the younger generation really gets my attention.
December 3, 2014 at 10:02 am