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The song really struck a chord with me.
It's about a 102 year old man, who's being interviewed on the news. The reporter asks him his secret to life & he says, "Don't blink".
Because life goes so fast sometimes, that if you (blink) don't slow down & really enjoy the little things in life, you might get to be 102 years old & realize you missed out.
"And don't blink, just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you wake up & you're 25 & your high school sweetheart becomes your wife. Don't blink, you just might miss your babies growing like mine did. Turning into moms and dads next thing you know, your better half of 50 years is there in bed & you're praying God takes you instead. Trust me friend, a 100 years goes faster than you think, so don't blink."
The 1st time I heard this song, I started thinking about my life.
Do I take the time to really enjoy things, like Matt, my family, my friends?
I work like 50 hours a week & when you couple that with housework, errands, my designs business (albeit, a SMALL business), there's just not a lot of time for much else.
There are some days when I get home from work, that I'm so exhausted, I just want to go to bed. Then, I think about the laundry, the dishes & the bathrooms that need cleaning & I overwhelm myself & I can't think about anything else. Except what needs to be done at home.
Because of this, I've passed up several dinners with my dad & step-mom & my mom & step-dad, even times when my sister has asked me to keep Jackson & Riley.
And, then I feel guilty.
I regret my choice for the rest of the day, the next day & the day after that.
Because what if something happened to my mom, dad or my sister?
Would I be sad that I didn't meet my dad for dinner one night?
Sure, there are week nights when I don't have that much to do & on those nights, Matt & I might watch a movie or play Checkers (yes, Checkers...we love it!).
Matt & I spend most of our weekend getting our major errands done & more often than not, we meet friends for dinner or a movie. And, that's good...that's relaxing & it's good for us.
And, when Matt & I go on trips, we are pretty good at forgetting about work & chores for a while, so that we can focus on each other & enjoy being together.
But, that only adds up to a total of 2, maybe 3, weeks out of the year.
(Granted, right now, we're sitting in the computer room together. I'm blogging & he's downloading music to his i-Pod).
When it comes to our friends, they go out a lot & usually ask us to join them. If it's a Friday night, about half the time, I say no because by then, I'm so tired from the week, I want to sleep.
Then, I think to myself, "Robin? What are you doing? You can sleep in tomorrow! Go out & have fun!".
But, I don't.
When I look back on my life, will I regret those times I said no to them?
Am I missing out on some really great times & memories?
Do you realize it's already October 11th...in the year 2007?
The older I get, the faster time seems to go.
Matt, my family & my friends are the most important things in my life (and, of course, Maisy!), but am I doing enough to let them know that they mean the world to me?
When I turn 70 or 80 or hopefully, 100 & look back on my life, will I be satisfied with it?
Is it possible to have it all?
And, to do it all?
I don't know.
You tell me.