This past Friday was my 28th birthday and we also attended my cousin’s wedding that night. The wedding was beautiful and she looked very happy. I hope everything works out for her and her husband.
Anyway, during the reception there was a slideshow of photos that sort of got me thinking about aging and getting older. I’m about 10 years older than my cousin and was close to my aunt when I was a small child. I remember when she and her siblings were born and they were small children when I was a teenager.
Seeing them all grown up is strange for me. Those days don’t seem so long ago, but apparently a tremendous amount of time has passed. It went by so quick. I don’t feel any different now than I did 5 years ago. My life has changed (wife, career, & kids), but the person I am feels and looks the same. 5 years ago she was still in middle school.
It’s as though I’ve suddenly become aware of the passage of time and it’s scary. My own children are bringing it home for me too. I just can’t believe how quickly they change. I need to do better about making the most of my time with them. Apparently, it will be over before I know it.