Where Did The Time Go?

Written by Sawyer Boyles



The classic “do you remember when…” conversations seem to be happening more and more often. Do you remember when we had those weird but equally awesome colored iPods? Do you remember when we graduated from high school? Do you remember when that kid named Daniel got famous for wearing white vans? The list goes on and on. Ultimately, these conversations tend to end with you and your friend saying some sort of profanity, yearning slightly for the past, and walking away wondering how it is that the time seems to be slipping through your fingers like sand.


In an ever too real sense, there is nothing we can really do. Unless Bill Nye is able to create a device that can freeze time (who knows, maybe he has) then we are stuck existing in the same time framework that has existed since the beginning of time. However, just because time isn’t stopping anytime soon doesn’t mean that all hope is completely lost.


As you start looking at the time that seems to be flying by your eyes too fast to see, it is important to put your time into perspective. When you look back on the past year, month, or even week, it is often near impossible to remember everything that you did every day, and thus you are left feeling that you have done absolutely nothing over the past months. In reality, this is not the case. Always keep in mind the amazing things that you have accomplished in the time that you’ve had. Even if you haven’t hiked in the Grand Canyon or biked around Amsterdam, you still have had countless interactions with people and opportunities to progress yourself as an individual.


Which brings me to my next point, the future is out there; don’t try too hard to grasp it. I’m sure while everyone was growing up they heard and completely ignored the classic line that everyone wants to be old, but once you are old you want to be young. As a soon-to-be senior in college, this statement could never be more true.


I constantly find myself yearning for the days when I will be a working professional yet knowing deep down that I will be yearning for my college days more than I will be able to say. At the end of the day it really comes down to accepting being young. Embrace it. Take risks. Make mistakes. Put yourself on the line. Work hard. And most of all, have fun. Although the time might feel like it is going quick, having a little bit of fun will make it all worth it in the end.