If I had a dollar for every time I wrote "time is passing by", I would probably have at least $20. All from the last month alone. While I've never been one for nostalgia and reminiscing about times long gone, the past month has found me thinking about the past, particularly around how it has affected my present, and how it will shape my future. Since turning 25, I've felt as though time had snuck up on me. I think so many of us can relate to that feeling, no matter the age. We think that there are endless hours ahead, and that there is always "another day" to do the things we want to do. Yet quite suddenly the realization that that isn't in fact the case bites us at the heels.
Nostalgia isn't a good feeling to hold on to for long. It makes us think "what if" and "if only". Both of which are phrases I try to keep out of my vocabulary as much as possible. But the very fact that I've felt nostalgic as of late was very telling of my state of mind. I realized that often the sadness that comes from life changing is that we are forced to close chapters in our lives, and we're forced to adapt and grow - it forces us to look at our lives carefully. As the summer begins it's last few weeks, we start to realize the year too is coming to an end. The season for contemplation and introspection slowly comes upon us. Regardless of what we said we would do at the beginning of 2017, we mustn't dwell on it. We can't change it. So instead, we should look back merely as a form of retrospection: what did I do right? what could I improve upon? what items from my to-do list should I carry to the new year? which ones don't really matter, or were perhaps too ambitious too soon? And we need to believe that no matter what happened in times past, if we continue trudging forward we'll eventually get to where we're supposed to be.