I hosted my son's Lego birthday party today to celebrate him turning seven. And now is not the moment when I state any variety of, "Where did the time go?, The years are going by too fast!, or Slow down time!" No, I don't subscribe to this mode of thinking that most parents do. I feel the opposite. I believe that it's all happening at the right speed, in due time, with my close awareness and full presence.
These seven years have gone by as they should. They have been lovely, hard, joyful, painful, inspirational, challenging, uplifting, heartbreaking, euphoric, devastating, and hopeful. They have been seven years of my life. Of my son's life. Sometimes lived by me to the utmost and fullest, and sometimes lived less wisely than I would have wished.
There have been moments that have been some of the best of my life, and there have been moments that have been some of the darkest. My son is the gift I received seven years ago; but along with this precious gift, I also inherited the challenge of parenting two children, dealing with an often volatile sibling dynamic, and precariously juggling my time mothering two souls, all the while trying to find time and space for my own self care and self preservation.
As I have written about before, I lost myself a bit a few years after having this child, and then I found myself again three years ago when I began to share, through writing, what being lost meant. So life - for me, for my son - is happening as it should, as it was meant to. When people say "It's going by too fast," I think they may really mean that they want more of their time to play out in the ways they want it to play out, or that maybe they haven't been using their time to its fullest potential.
Yet who really does? Who can? At least, who can do so every second, or every moment. Life goes on, for all of us... we live it, we feel it, we thrive, we falter, we triumph, we make mistakes, we make the most of it, we waste time, we celebrate it, we have regrets, and we do our best with what we've been given. That's it.
This day has closed. This time is done. We will wake to a new day, with more life and more time; and we will spend it foolishly or we will spend it well. What will you choose?