Time is the only resource that can never be restored once it is gone...Yesterday can never be pulled forward, because we have lost yesterday, which makes today infinitely precious”.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t take full advantage of the gift of time; I really don’t think anyone does, it’s impossible. But the time that I am thinking about isn’t time to get work done to get ahead in your professional life or something of that nature. I’m talking about the time we spend with people--- friends, loved ones, or anyone who puts a smile on our face.
When I think about not taking full advantage of the time God has granted me it puts a knot in my stomach. Especially the time wasted fighting with people we care deeply about or simply not enjoying or appreciating the time that we get to spend with them. I had a very special person in my life lose a battle to cancer; everyone knows that terrible feeling. I listen to her voicemail saved on my phone all the time; I would do anything for one more minute to see her smile or to hear her laugh.
But on a less tragic note, within the past year I became very close with someone who really changed my outlook on life. He would sit down and talk to me, give me advice and books to read. I wrote down all of his sayings and put them on a poster board in my room so I could pass them along to someone who might need those wise words just like I did. A couple of months ago he texted me and told me he needed to see me immediately---he got a new job and would be moving that night—although we still remain in contact, that time together will never be the same again. Just like that, he was gone.
We all know the saying that time doesn’t wait for anybody, well it’s the truth. Everyday truly is a gift that we will never be able to return. Our challenge isn’t just to make the most of that time, it’s to appreciate and enjoy that time that is given to us with the people we are privileged enough to share it with because they will not be there forever.
Recently I was able to spend a lot of time with my Godfather, just me and him. I don’t get to do that too often. We laughed a lot and made memories that both he and I won’t ever forget. I soaked in every ounce of happiness I felt just to be able to hang out with him for a couple of hours. Every day that I drove to meet him I took a minute to slow down and realize how special this time truly was. For the first time in a long time I wasn’t taking the greatest gift of all for granted.
I’m currently in my last football season that I will ever play, and with every end of practice more sadness creeps in. Today is our first game and I can’t sleep for one more second. I’m sitting here thinking about how special this has all been, about all the memories that I have made. My family has come to every single game that I have ever played in, and trust me they have traveled great lengths to do so. The friends that I have made will be ones that last forever. In fact, one of my best friends in the world will be coaching against me on the other sideline, talk about weird. But as I sit here and write this, I play the voicemail from my grandma and my eyes instantly fill with tears. I would give absolutely anything to see her in the stands today, I know she would love it. Of all the lessons she taught me, how to love, laugh, and care for others, the one she is teaching me right now is the one I need most.
Don’t ever take time for granted; cherish it, and enjoy it while it’s there. If I can do that, I know at the end of all this I’ll be able to look back on my life with a smile on my face.¨