The speed of life

When you are in high school, it seems like you will never graduate and move to the next phase of your life. Then college comes, and it seems that you will never finish your courses, get your diploma, and be free from school. Then, you marry and have children, and you wish your children could get to the age where they can dress themselves. Then comes grade school, middle school, high school and then their life becomes what I said in the first sentence of this post. It really happens that quickly. You turn around and you are my age and you wonder, how did this happen so quickly?

Have you ever seen the movie “Click” with Adam Sander? If you haven’t seen this movie, you should rent it and watch it because the message is so very powerful, and the ending of the movie is one of the best endings I have ever seen in a movie.

The movie is about a dad who wishes time would go faster and he would reach financial milestones in his life quicker. He is given this handheld device that lets you fast forward through days, weeks, months and years with a click of the button.  The problem is the handheld device learns your preferences and then automatically fast forwards you through events like the ones you had chosen in the past to skip. The fast forwarding through life begins to take control and the dad can’t stop it.  As you would expect, the dad gets older, and he realizes that he has fast forwarded through much of his life and missed it. The movie ends, and its ending is one of the best of all time.

He is given a second chance to get it right. He gets a do-over.

The message is that in real life there are no do-overs and no second chances to go back and relive a day, a week, a month or even a moment. Once the moment is gone, it’s gone forever.

So, go watch the movie and choose to make each moment matter. KT

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