Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday dear me
Happy Birthday to me
It is my “47th” Birthday (okay 57th, but who’s counting).
It amazes me how each year seems to come faster and faster.
I have a theory on that. I’ll call it Todd’s Theory of Relativity”! (What? That’s already been used?)
Okay. Then let’s go with “Todd’s Theory of Why Time Seems to Go Faster and Faster as We Get Older and Older”
Kinda catchy, ha?
Here it goes. Everything, including time is relative to some reference point we have. If you tell me something is 6 foot tall I imagine it is close to the same height I am. If you tell me it is a foot long I imagine a Sonic 6 foot Coney(Not really. I imagine a ruler, but the coney is a far better visual). Anyway, you get the picture. We compare things to references we have in our heads. So what about time? Why does it move faster? Think of the visual we have to compare it to. At age 4, a year is a quarter of our lives to that point. One quarter. That’s a significant amount of time. At age 25, a years is 1/25th of our lives. Not quite as a significant amount of time. At 57, one year is 1/57th of our lives. Can you imagine a pie cut into 57 slices and you only get one. I think you would probably ask for seconds. Relatively, one year becomes a smaller portion of our life each year, thus it feels like a shorter and shorter span of time. “Todd’s Theory of Why Time Seems to Go Faster and Faster as We Get Older and Older”
So. 57. At the actual time of my birth (have to check with Mom on that one) on August 26th, 2018 I will have lived for 1,743,379,200 seconds. 1.7 billion seconds. Now I REALLY want to know where time went. How many did I waste? How many times have I said “That’s an hour I’ll never get back”. How many of those seconds were spent waiting in line for Magic Mountain at Disneyland (Not sure that is wasted, but regardless it was worth it). how many of the 1.7 billion seconds were spent sitting, thinking of what I needed to do without doing it? How many were spent complaining about something I didn’t get to do instead of going out and doing something I could do. How many of those seconds were spent brooding, mad at someone when you could have said, I’m sorry and spend time enjoying their company. I think you get my point.
I am relatively sure my time ahead is less than my time behind me. I have no plans of living until I am 114 years old. ( That might change as I get closer to that number). I have lived over half of my life, 1,743,379,200 seconds and have no idea how many were wasted but more than I would like. Most of you have heard the song, “Live like you were dying”, by Tie McGraw. I feel certain I will not spend 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu and maybe nothing else in that song BUT I need to waste less of the billion plus seconds I hope I still have left. What constitutes wasting time is a personal matter. Things I feel are productive you may see as a waste of time and vice versa. The good thing is the only person I have to answer to is myself. The bad thing is the only person I have to answer to is myself, I can be my worst critic.
So here are a few things I am committing to this year on my birthday:
- I will spend less time getting mad and judging others behaviors and more time enjoying their company. ESPECIALLY MY WIFE and SON.
- I will plan an overnight outing with my wife every month.
- I will continue to improve my parenting skills with my autistic son.
- I will spend more time with all of my grown children.
- I will appreciate and cherish the time I spend with my mom.
- I will continue to learn and grow in my job.
- I will play my guitar and piano more.
- I will practice until I can accurately shoot at 300 yards.
That’s a good start. Every additional second I spend on any of these is one less wasted second in the future.
How many seconds did you waste today? (No, taking a nap when you are tired isn’t wasting time). How about in the past week? Figure out what percent of your time you feel you waste. Multiply your age X 365 X 24 X 60 X 60. Multiply that by the percent you came up with and see how many seconds you have wasted. Then, determine what is important to you, what you need to do and what you like doing and try focusing on those. See how many seconds you can save in your future. Regardless of what age we live to, we all only have so many seconds in our lives. Don’t wait until the last one to realize how many you wasted.