Relating time to goals equates different results for adults and children. As a child, time felt slow, calculated…leisure. As an adult, time can feel much more frantic, rushed, and frankly—not enough. Life has educated me to believe that maturation is not only a process of physical growth but also the increasing of emotional capacity and intellectual perspective. With both expanding, time can feel as if it is shrinking. Why is that?
Humans naturally want to experience the greatness of life and what it has to offer. As children, our perspective of that life is great but narrow. We don’t know what we don’t know, but what we do know, we have the time and leisure to explore, discover, make, and savor. The more we learn, the more we discover that life has more to offer—and then we discover there is much more than that. At a certain point, we realize that we will never experience it all. The most we can do is experience as much as we can. What is our only restraint? Time. It suddenly feels as if we have a much smaller amount of it.
As I became aware of that short amount of time, I began to wonder how the many great people, places, and things that I have been able to experience, became as great as they are under this restraint.
As I mentioned previously, as a child our perspective of life is great but narrow. We spend the days of our childhood exploring, discovering, making, and savoring every moment. With time we grow into adults knowing more than we could have ever imagined as children. We spent time increasing our emotional capacity and intellectual perspective—everyday becoming a better version of ourselves. I’ve realized that the greatness I wonder about was, and is, produced in the same manner. And in the same manner, time doesn’t have to feel like it’s shrinking. I just have to make the most of the time—exploring, discovering, making, and savoring.