On Finding Yourself 100 Years Old


Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Most of you probably know where that quote is from, but in case you don’t, it’s from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a classic from 1986. (Be sure to watch it if you have never seen it) While the movie is a fun flick about a couple of teens having an adventure on a skip day from school, this quote has a much deeper meaning than it does at first glance. Last week I watched a short documentary called Para Fuera about an exceptional man turning 100 years old, Dr. Richard Bing, who had this to say about time and life:

“The time goes like a river, with great speed. And all of a sudden, you find yourself 100 years old. It seems to me, only a few years ago, I was middle-aged. And only a few years ago, was a child. So, transformations occur much quicker than you think.”

Sometimes, we are all so busy doing “stuff” that we miss out on the act of actually living. Busy making plans for “someday”. Busy occupying our minds so we don’t have time to think… to learn… to enjoy. To sit quietly. My grandmother is over 98 years old, and even she says she doesn’t know where time went and that it went by in the blink of an eye. So while we think we have plenty of time later, the truth is that our lives go by so quick and the time to start doing the things you want to do is now – not sometime down the road. After all, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

I highly recommend you watch this documentary, it’s only about 9 minutes long.

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