“How did it get late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon.”- Dr. Seuss

Wait a minute. Be right back. Talk soon. Call me. Let’s get together.
Tomorrow I will do it.

And then it happens- TIME just flies by, it doesn’t just seem like it, because it actually does fly. We plan and talk about going and think about doing and about seeing our people. It’s ironic that with 24 hours in a day multiplied by 365 days in a year we didn’t find time to catch up with those people, (you know who they are) say what we need to and do things we only just thought about. None of it happened or got done and then what, those moments in time did not just run away but more profoundly is they are GONE.

TIME does not wait for us it simply moves faster than us and seems to slip away without us really noticing. It waits for no one and nothing. If you are reading this I have good news: YOU STILL HAVE TIME RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW. Lucky for you.

Steve Jobs said so in an interview before he took ill, he spoke of his most favorite thing not costing any money and stated that it is our most precious resource, TIME.

Research suggests that this perception of time moving so quickly has to do with ones age. The brain has a way of taking in information quicker as we age and with life experience the processing aspect leaves us feeling that time is flying. I’m not sure if I accept that entirely because I know I was always aware of my time and how precious it is. That is really key over here, to view “time” as a precious thing-because that is precisely what it is. Research also states if we really make an effort to use our “time” effectively and wisely with all the things we plan for and speak and also dream about we will in a sense have more time.

So here we go again, another year – let’s go 2015, but what happened to 2014? It flew, it was a year ago we spoke of New Year’s Eve and how we were looking forward to ringing in 2014 as we understood 2013 would be over. 2013, well that feels like a million years ago. It was New Year’s Eve then as it is WAS just now and an entire year of plans and ideas were in our heads of how it will be. And then it was Valentine’s day and Purim and Pesach and birthdays (oh yes another year flew that way too) and spring and summer and just like that the countdown once again.

Well surely you all know the sayings and most probably use them: “Hours pass slowly but years go by quickly.” Or “Remember that life is short.” Or “Time will tell.” And of course, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

When my husband and I made a party for our oldest daughter on becoming Bat Mitzvah the invitation began with: The SECRET to Life is Enjoying the Passage of Time. That was 18 years ago-and then a few years later we threw the next Bat Mitzvah party for our youngest daughter-well that also feels like a long long time ago. The invite began with: LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE MUCH
It was always about time and what to do with it and how to be in it. Time, time and time again…

If I were making another party today my invites would still have messages, these are relevant no matter the age, they would be:

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”- Shel Silverstein

One last anecdote. I have an eclectic choice of music on my ipod thanks to one of my girls. As I turned on my music this morning a song came on and brought a smile to my face when I heard the song by Kris Allen, “Live Like We’re Dying.” and I thought some people do get it!

About the Author
Allyson Altit is from New York. She has worked in the travel industry for over 25 years as a leisure specialist. Her area of expertise is in European destinations and Israel. She has been involved with charity work for the Hadassah organization as well. In 2009 she graduated from Queens College majoring in Jewish studies.