A colleague walked up to the lunch table and proudly announced “I gave my daughter a bath today” and he was beaming. You could see that it was THE major achievement of the day for him. This is a guy who’s just been juggling a few fires and stuff at work. And he went on to describe it – now she moves about and squirms, how playful she is (she’s all of 8 months old). You could see how thrilled he was.
I commented that it seemed like yesterday only when we visited their house when she was born… and it did. It does seem just like yesterday, or last week. But its been 8 months.
And all of us started our own musings.
Recollecting like – it seems like we were in college just yesterday. Or just got married. Or.. but its been a few years.
Time seems to go by so much faster now. Back then you could get so much done in a day. A day seemed so long. A month, a year.. you waited for it to pass by.
And now, if you have to get even one thing done in the evening after work.. its such a task!
Ab, maaloom hi nahi padta kab subah se shaam ho gayi. Aur din kahan nikal gaye.
You step into office in the morning. You work through the whole day. Before you know it, you’re tired and you realise its 7pm.. time to start packing up and leave… So each day rushes by, and the week, and the weekend, and a month.. and a year….
Now they all rush by so fast.
“Remember that bug that we fixed recently” – turns out “recently” was more that a year ago.
We’re so lost in our every days at work – that we forget the passage of time – or rather become oblivious to it.
Very few realise that time’s flying by. Or that perhaps the memories, the small experiences of every day, the time spent “feeling”, is what matters. That is what we will treasure when we look back 10, 20 and 30 years from now.
The bugs we fixed, customer issues that we resolved, the big deal you got – how many people, including you, will remember them 5/10/15 years from now.
And yet we all find it so difficult not to get caught in the rush. We keep putting aside the important for the urgent.
Life is speeding by at a neck breaking speed for my generation… and I too am caught in the trap.