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Who sped up the calendar?

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I look at the clock on the wall, watching for the time I desire and looking for the moment that pleases every sense I have all the while knowing 60 seconds adds to a minute, and 60 minutes is the same as an hour. Still, I think of times of pure bliss.

You all know that time I’m speaking of. That moment just after you finish your long, stress-filled day and begin your journey homeward to be with your family. Often the clock goes by so fast we forget the reality of time even though before long, days have passed, then years. Where has the time gone?

Take a look in the mirror. Are you the same person you were 20 years ago? I see people I have graduated high school with from time to time and immediately notice how Father Time has certainly taken advantage of their own appearances. I think to myself, “That can’t be me. I haven’t aged a bit, right?”

I remember years ago when I worked in Bailey at the old Chevrolet dealership and listening to the older generations talk about the joys of getting older and all the rewards of it.

Most of the men sitting on the stools and benches gossip of how things were better back in the day, especially when it came to their own physical wellness. “Aches and pains, Boy, you don’t know what aches and pains are.”

Now that time has moved on and I too am nearing the age of 40, I have quickly realized that they were right. I knew nothing about aches and pains when I was in my early 20s. Then again, I know colleagues of mine in their 60s now who tell me the same still.

It would seem just yesterday I was a young boy riding my bicycle down Oak Avenue in Bailey on my way to The Pantry.If Mama ever knew I did that, she would have tanned my backside with a flyswatter or wooden spoon. Oh, how I miss the good old days.

I bet you can think of a time to which you can reminisce and wonder “How in the world did time go by so fast?” I barely remember my teenage years, and my 20s flew by so fast I am not certain it was even real. My 30s are almost over, and before I know it, I will be planning on retirement.

Those of you who are in your late 50s, I ask you this one question: What would you have done differently?

Time has gone by so fast we tend to live life on autopilot. Days, weeks, months and years pass by before we get to step two on a 10-step plan of life.

How can a person get past that? Smile, love and spend quality time with those who are important to you. Time — it’s what we have now. Don’t take it for granted.

Rodney O’Neal is a columnist for the Southern Nash News, whose print edition merged with The Enterprise this week.