When you are young you are consumed with wanting time to move faster because you want to be older…but yet it seems to move slowly.  You can’t wait to become a teenager, getting your driver’s license and of course when you turn 21…well you know what that means.  It seems like these milestones take forever and most young people are simply in a rush for each one to happen.

I’m not sure at what point in my life I shouted for the first time…PLEASE SLOW DOWN.  It’s been a while and nobody is listening because time is flying by at such an incredible pace.  I admit to being consumed by the speed of life which seems to gain a few miles-per-hour each year.  It really hits home during the summer months, a time I wish would creep along at a snail’s pace.  I know you’re not supposed to use the word “hate” but I simply hate winter and in recent years spring has simply become an extension of that dreadful season.  Finally it’s Memorial Day weekend and you feel alive and look forward to those long summer days and nights.

And then like that it’s almost over!  It’s getting dark earlier, your kids might have already left for college, practice is underway for fall sports and schools open in just a couple of weeks.  Time slows down for no one.

If there is one thing I could say that would be heard by all those under the age of 21 it would simply be…don’t rush it.  All those milestone birthdays and moments are coming and believe me you will wake up one morning and wonder how it all happened so fast and what can you do to slow it down.  From experience I can tell you the answer is you can’t do anything.  So take a deep breath and smell the roses, or if you prefer the salt air.  Before long you’ll be digging out after a snow storm.

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