Monday, March 10, 2014

Dear bloggers, shut up.

Dear bloggers,

I hear this from you week after week:

I'm so glad it's FINALLY Friday. 

And then at the beginning of every month, you're all:

Gee, how is it already March? This year is just flying by.

Not only does this irritate me because it's so cliche (and why are you writing if you have nothing original to say?), it irritates me because we're all wishing our lives away and it makes me sad.

There's scientific evidence that life seems to move faster as you get older. I think it has to do with the fact that as adults, we're constantly planning for the future. 

What are we doing next weekend? 
I can't wait for spring. 
Save the date for this wedding in July.
Justin Timberlake tickets just went one sale. What are you doing 10 months from now?
Let's talk about the 2015 fiscal year. 

When those dates roll around, we're already mentally there.

I feel it every night, as I climb under my covers. As Ike jumps on the bed after me and turns in a circle 23 times, I think, huh, I feel like I was just here this morning waking up. And then Ike sits on my head with a giant sigh like he feels it too.

Recently, my nightly realization has started scaring me. Where did the day go?  So, even when I'm having The Worst Day Ever, or am bored out of my mind, or am sitting in a dentist's chair and my ears are ringing as the hygienist essentially scratches her fingernails on the chalkboard of my mouth, I never ever ever wish for it to be over. I know from experience that one day this time and place will be long gone and I'll be nostalgic for it (Case in point: I kind of miss studying for college exams. I am an incredibly fun person).

Since I started this post by calling bloggers out for being unoriginal, I'll now take a moment to post a quote so original that no one has ever, in the history of the world, thought of using it on a blog or pinning it on Pinterest.


  1. It is factually impossible to over-quote Ferris Bueller.
    Says the person whose dog is named after Ferris' girlfriend…

    I'm actually fighting this battle in my head, although I try to keep it off my social media. I'm not super thrilled with where we're at right now in our lives, but then I remind myself I'm only getting older so I might as well enjoy the good parts right now even if the sucky parts seem a hell of a lot bigger.
    And I think having pets helps make the most of every day, because I sure fight time passing too quickly with them. Sloan is 10.5 and Max just turned 9, and it both feels like they've been a part of our lives forever and that we just went to the shelter as two idiot college kids, deciding to get a dog and bringing home a worm-ridden 4 lb bundle of sleepless nights. I don't miss those nights- but I'll be damned if I take these days for granted, wishing them away.
    tl;dr I like this post.

  2. I would do awful things to return to law school.

    There, I said it. If you remove the impending threat of the bar exam and the idea that my life's work could result in failure, I'd go to class EVERY DAY over this shit.

    Don't even get my started on college. 27 year old me wants to slap the angst out of 21 year old me for ever wishing a single day of college away. OMG those were the best.

    #oldnostalgiclady #helpme

  3. I've thought about this and my theory is that, as an adult, you change so much more slowly, or imperceptibly. What you look like to day is, more or less (barring great tragedy or pregnancy or fitness program), exactly what you'll look like one year from now or even 5 years from now (and even really 10-15 years from now with hair dye and moisturizer). And your skills today are pretty much what they're going to be 10 years from now, with maybe a few new technologies thrown in. So it all blurs together and you wake up and it has been a year or five years. When you think about it, you know it, though there may not be daily visual cues. A year flies by, seeming like nothing because nothing really significant changed from year to year (again, unless you're purposefully undergoing a change or tragedy strikes, etc.)

    When you're a child, you are quite literally different from one day to the next. One day you cannot crawl and the next day you can. It is just like that. People are constantly telling you that you look different, bigger, taller. The world looks different to you because you are literally viewing it from a different perspective. Things you can't do today, you can do easily in just a week and you can triple your vocabulary in a year. Because of this, you are never NOT aware that time is moving. A year seems like forever because in a year you become a completely different person. You look different, you think differently, you act differently, you have new skills and abilities, all of your clothes are new, etc.

  4. YES YES YES. I've thought a lot about this, and I could not agree more. I tell myself almost every single day that someday I will miss these days.

  5. Totes! (sorry, I had to)

    This is one of the main reasons I've somewhat (ok, completely) abandoned my blog lately. Sure, I have things I want to post (months - if not almost a year!- behind) so I can have somewhere to go to look back on years from now and see everything neatly organized. The problem is that I feel like time is already moving so quickly and the days are already short so why do I want to spend time on the computer when I get home - not interacting with Miley and Russ when a) I'm at a computer all day and b) Russ doesn't exactly have a ton of 'free time'.
    It's definitely been an internal struggle I've been trying to work out. Quit the blog? Stop spending so much time keeping up with other blogs and social media? There isn't enough time in the day! I have the same thoughts and feelings when I get ready for terrifies me!