Friday, September 28, 2012

1 and 2 Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, I had just sold my house and was on the cusp of being rootless.

One year ago today, I was spending the evening in the tiny village of Tsalaskuri, near Rustavi, Georgia. I was an English teacher in the Teach and Learn with Georgia program.

Back when time was long.
It's funny. When we're really young, it's amazing how many events and experiences we pack into a short period of time. Time seems long, when the cliche "all the time in the world" seems to hold true.

For example, I know one person who, in about 12 months, graduated from law school, clerked for a state Supreme Court judge, studied for and passed her bar exam, got married, bought a house, and had a baby.

As we get older, we pass into a period when things still happen, but it's fewer things happening for a really long time: working at one's career, raising children, maintaining a home, paying down debt, socking money away for the future. Sure, in between there are some extraordinary activity spikes, but otherwise, there are a lot of years where we're focused on arranging the big rocks in our garden. In retrospect, this time speeds by.  

But since I sold my house and went rootless, it's like I've gone back to the just-out-of-school time, when lots of new experiences have happened in a very short time, with more to come. Time is back to being long.


Jen2010 said...

Love the pic! I know what you mean. It's like instead of winding down into the "next phase" of life it's as if I am back at the beginning doing al the stuff I didn't do when I was 21.

Mzuri said...

Well put.