There is something about the way children view time that fascinates me. As adults, we are so programmed towards being on time, chasing time, respecting time, but playing like there is no time at all, that is a blessing of childhood.
Landon and I took a walk the other day, and by walk, I mean it took us over an hour to simply get to the end of the street. For you see, Landon had to stop to blow every single dandelion that we came across, and we came across a whole lot. Time was irrelevant, and the only thing that mattered was moving on to the next dandelion. He giggled, he rolled the soft fluff in his fingers, he let the sunshine warm his back, and he was just so fully in the moment.
I think that it is safe to say that on those days where we can release the hold that time has over us, those are some of the best days. The days where there is no carpool, no soccer practice, no bills to be paid or grocery shopping to do. Where no one is counting on us, and we can just simply play in the dandelions, so to speak, for as long as we please, those are the best days. They don’t come along often enough, do they? We try and tell ourselves that we will do better and make more days like those, but somehow time always gets us in the end.
Perhaps as we get older and have children of our own the goal is not to force ourselves against the current of time, but rather to protect our children from it’s grip for as long as possible. Allowing children the time and space to simply be, to play and explore, to run and create, to be bored and without schedule, that is what keeps them in the now, in this moment.
As for me, I am working hard to make sure that anything that I chose to do, I do with enjoyment. I figure if I can’t beat time, I can at least love every minute of what I have been given. I have left behind the feelings of “I have to”, and am trying to replace it with “I want to”. It isn’t as easy as I would like it to be, but it does give this journey through life a bit more meaning.
But some days, oh how I wish I could just get lost in a field of dandelions.