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Elise’s Entries A column by Elise Shire
Years gone by

by Elise Shire

June 15, 2011

My, oh my… how the years fly.

I came to the realization the other day that I am a mere month away from turning the notable age of 21.

I remember being told as a child that every year would seem to fly faster and faster.

Of course, at the time, I didn't think anything of that tidbit of advice. I lived in the moment and couldn't be bothered with thoughts of the future.

As I sit here years later, however, I've come to realize that those words are not very far from the truth.

It's easy to get caught up in the many roles we play. What begins as the life of a student and child can quickly become the life of a worker, friend, lover, and parent.

As the laundry list of life becomes longer, it's no wonder relaxing and enjoying the moment becomes so difficult. Even so, I think it's something we should all strive to do.

Whether your moment involves listening to music while watching a sunset or a picnic with family, it's these simple things that remind us how good life is.

Seizing these moments helps us to step back and take a deep breath. Plus, at the end of the day, these moments refresh and prepare us for the next challenge in life.

How could we possibly drive our cars through life if we never took a moment to take them into the shop? Like our bodies, the car would eventually break down.

It's for this reason that we need those moments to breathe. They help replenish the mind and body.

Isn't it funny how something as simple as a birthday can be so thought-provoking? It doesn't have to be a mile-stone birthday to make you look at life.

Yet, these thoughts can be applied to everyone. As cliché as it may sound, perhaps we should all take time to stop and "smell the roses" in life.

In the blur that we call life, take extra time to enjoy that double-chocolate cake or barefoot walk in the grass.

Savor every moment.

You deserve it.