Time Is On My Side
The Rolling Stones sang that “time is on my side” and I agree… yes it is. Time is an amazing helper. How much wiser I am now than I was! If I stop and reflect on who I was at the age my daughter is now, it’s hard for me relate to the me that I was back then. I mean, what did I even think when I was 20 years old? And how did I ever operate without all this wisdom I have now?
I’ll be coming up on the end of my fifth decade in a few years. The other day I decided that if I’m blessed with a long life, I’d like to be productive until at least 80 years old. I sat down and did the math. That comes out to 33 more years. I thought, “Wow, what could I do with 33 years?” And so I scribbled down some ideas. Year by year I mapped out what I want to do – what books I want to write, what causes I want to support, what projects I want to lead, etc.
At first I thought, “Why didn’t I ever do this before? What could I have accomplished by now if I had only thought this way when I was younger?”
And as soon as those thoughts came up I squashed them. That’s because I don’t wallow around in the dirt with my self-critic like I did in the old days. Thank you time and wisdom!
Besides, when I look at what I’ve done so far, I’d say it’s not too shabby as pasts go. After all, I did grow up and go through a bunch of crap that could have set me in a different direction had I not chosen to use the compass of self-improvement to guide my life. I’ve also managed to stay married for 25 years, and that is no small feat. Then there’s the crowning achievement of the past 20 years – helping to raise my daughter into an emotionally-healthy adult. No, I can’t slam myself for what I’ve accomplished so far at all.
Thirty-three years ago I didn’t know a fraction of what I know now. What I know now will not be a fraction of what I will know when I’m 80. Yep, time is on my side.
Angela Loëb helps people rediscover and use their gifts so they bring who they are to what they do in life. http://angelaloeb.com