Do you remember this time in your own life?
Just starting out .... the entire world in front of you and not a thought on your mind about the 'end' of anything.
All of it new, all of it ongoing, all of it always there. You never doubted that the ones you love were just a room away, a few hours away or a few days away.
To you, at this time, a kiss goodbye was merely, 'a kiss until later'.
Your journey was new and the anticipation of the trip you were about to take consumed your travels: "I want to be this", "I want to go there", "I want to accomplish that". Your path always in your thoughts, and those you loved, well they would always be there wouldn't they.
"Student hire and a fancy job, big old house and a two car garage" (Lyrics)
Chapter two of your life is in full gear. You're achieving, or trying to. You're moving forward, or planning to, and most of all you're enjoying the freedom!
You love your parents, but this time in your life feels like the reward it should be for the countless hours of work you put in to get here.
You still see your family of course, and hug them and enjoy your visits, but if you're being honest with yourself, you're having too much fun building your own life.
On lonely days you pick up the phone to call mom; she makes you feel better and you're grateful knowing that if you want, you can call her again tomorrow.
"Teenage girl and her granddad, he takes her fishing he feels bad, cause she can't take her eyes off that 'ole Facebook page, someday soon, who knows how long, she'll look up from that phone and he'll be gone" (Lyrics)
Chapter three is here and you've been fortunate to have your grandchildren in your life.
However, you're now in that special club of people who understand what it's like to view life from the road looking back. You reflect back to your own grandpa, and with a knowing grin, you get what he felt.
The view from your chair in life can't be seen by young people starting out. You recognize your younger self in them, and part of you wishes they could see it all from where you sit to spare them life's costly lessons. But they can't, and you can't.
"The Trouble is You Think You Have Time" (Lyrics)
You want to explain time to your grandchildren, but how can you. They have to travel their path and with God's good grace get to be where you're sitting now so they too can pass along treasured words of wisdom that were spoken to you yesterday .... after-all, wasn't it just yesterday?
When you look back at the choices you've made, you forgive yourself for not harnessing those unrepeatable moments with those you love; for not hugging your brother one more time; for shrugging mom off when all she wanted was another kiss from her baby; for moving far away and for any other selfish act that robbed a little love from someone you cared about.
But you're grateful to have learned so much about this trip through life. If nothing else, you see clearly now.
You realize, the trouble was you thought you had time.
Enjoy 'Time' by Award Winning Canadian Country Music Artist, Dean Brody: - More on the song here
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