When you’re in high school, can’t wait to get out of the house and away from your parents’ rules.
When you’re in college, you want to graduate, make money, move to a cool new city, and be out in the real world.
When you’re newly employed and in your early twenties, you can’t wait for the promotion, get married, and start the rest of your life.
When you’re engaged, you’re planning a wedding. You get caught up in the minutiae of choosing your bridesmaids, the flowers, the band, THE DRESS, and the guest list. And then you blink and the day is over.
When you’re newly married, you enjoy time together, but can’t wait to buy a house and start a family. You can’t wait to make some big money so you can go on fancy vacations.
When you’re a new parent, you can’t wait to be out of the weeds with the newborn cycle: sleepless nights, crying babies, and always feeling exhausted.
When you have a toddler, you can’t wait until you have another child and for the toddler to be more self sufficient.
When you have another child, you can’t wait to find more balance. You can’t wait for them to be able to swim, play, take music lessons, and do things with less supervision.
And then they are older and you wonder where the heck the last few decades went. You look back fondly at your high school and college days and love your memories and your cherished friends. People who were alive that aren’t anymore. You’re grateful for people who broke your heart, for the professor who didn’t give you the A, for the job you prayed for that you didn’t get. You look back at your early married life, how your “problems” weren’t problems, and how you wish you could hold your newborn babies again.
Don’t blink, friends. Life doesn’t wait.