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Time Flies

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Alfred F. Dugan III

Time flies.

On Monday, we enter into our final full week of the school year. From my perspective, it seems almost inconceivable that the year is coming to an end.

I have been an educator for 24 years. That means 24 first days of school and 24 graduations. At the beginning of my career, I do not think I had the perspective to realize just how fast the years went by. An educator has a unique relationship with time. They journey with students throughout the course of a year and then graduate them to the next grade. Time passes and students grow older, while the educator stays fixed in a grade level, ready to devote themselves to the next amazing group of students. The phenomenon for me is that every year seems to have gone by faster than the last. However, this year went by faster than ever… Record speed… Almost dreamlike… And here we are. 

On a personal note, our daughter graduated from high school this year. It literally feels like yesterday that I was rocking our little girl to sleep. The passage of time is real. Where has the time gone?

We know that time is constant. While we cannot control the passage of time, we can control how present we are in a moment. How we live our moments is how we live our days, and how we live our days is how we live our lives. When we are young, our elders tell us just how fast life goes by. We are guided, but we may not listen. Not until we experience the passage of time ourselves are we able to comprehend just how fast time goes.

I am not sure why time seems to be going faster than ever. Why is this? What is it about this past year that makes it seem like it has gone by that much faster? Time is time - a minute is 60 seconds, and that does not change. But how it feels…that is a matter of perspective. Perhaps this is an effect of living through a pandemic when during our quarantine we were forced to slow down, stay home, and had no choice but to be present where we were. As life opens up, perhaps the phenomenon is more like driving on a highway that brings 3 lanes to 1, forcing cars to slow down to almost a stop, only to then open back up to three lanes and in our effort to get back to cruising speed, time passes by.

Let this be a reminder for us all to prioritize what is important. Time will pass and there is nothing we can do about that. We must continue to strive to be present. There are so many distractions that pull us away from the present moment…our work, our iPhones… It is on us, then, to lead full lives and make the most of every moment. Nobody can do this for us. We never get this moment back, so be in it… All in. These are the blessed moments that we must cherish. Ordinary moments that are extraordinary. 

All we have is the present moment. We cannot change the past and the future is unfolding before us in this very instant. How we exist in the present is everything. 

Carpe Diem

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