Have you ever wished that time would slow down? Even just a little?
I know I do.
I think back to my pregnancy and being in awe of the amazing process a woman’s body goes through. I remember staring at my stomach watching this little alien creature take over, kicking me at all hours of the night.
Now, they’re 5 and nearly 7, still young, but not babies anymore.
I’m reminded of this everytime Google Photos sends me an email that says, “Rediscover this day. Look back at…”
More like, “Life is moving fast, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.”
Last week, the tears welled in my eyes as I stared at my son’s first birthday party. I remember his ruffled blond hair and the way he used to snuggle up close under my chin when I held him. Thankfully, he’s still a snuggler, but how could that time have passed so fast?
Now when the little reminder pops up in the corner of my email, bugging me to click on it and “rediscover” these moments, I can’t even open them.
Is it because it makes me sad?
Am I worried that I’ll realize these moments won’t last forever?
Or because I just don’t want to revisit the very “homemade” looking cakes I baked for each birthday (I’m no Betty Crocker. It’s okay, I’ve accepted it.).
Or maybe it’s another gentle reminder to live each moment to the fullest. To enjoy the small things in life.
The muddy mess kids make when discovering a giant puddle in the backyard (I thank the lucky stars for hoses and cheap bar soap).
I also wonder if these images and thoughts are trying to tell me to be present…
That I need to remember yesterday’s memories, but recognize today’s.
And continue living life to the fullest.
Moreover, we can’t control time, but we can make time.
Especially for those that matter most.