Random thoughts on the passing of time

It’s been a funny old week and my thoughts have often drifted to the subject of the passing of time. After the longest January in the history of the universe, February is passing in the blink of an eye. Time is such a funny concept. We spend years wishing it away, wanting to grow up and become an adult. Then when our wish comes true we want it to slow down, so we can savour every moment. It seems almost cruel that the best moments happen too quickly and the worst pass in slow motion. I wish we could have a life clock so we could rewind, pause or fast forward life as appropriate. Wouldn’t that be the best invention ever!

Thoughts on the passing of time

Random thoughts on the passing of time

Peanut went on her first sleepover this week. At the grand old age of 7. None of her siblings have done this at such a young age but she is much more sensible than they were at this age. Time is passing to quickly for my littlest lady. In many respects she is old beyond her years and I wish time would slow down and let her be a little girl for just a bit longer.

I realised that I have lost a week somewhere along the lines. There are now only 9 days until my moms wedding. I planned to make a jacket to wear to the service, which is probably overly ambitious since I’ve never made one before. Cue me frantically spending the last 2 days making toiles out of old duvet covers and nearly losing my mind in the process. I am desperately hoping that my last minute fabric order arrives quickly and that I can complete it in time.

OJ announced he is going to Kosovo with his friends later in the year. How is he old enough to go abroad by himself? Would they notice if I stowed away in his suitcase to ensure he was safe? The passing of time is hardest to bear when it involves our children I think. OJ isn’t even a child anymore but to me he always will be. It’s bittersweet to watch them spread their wings when your every instinct wants to clip them and keep them close by.

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back”                                                                 -Harvey McKay

Quick, quick, slow…

Whether time is passing too quickly or too slowly, there is one thing that is certain. It will pass. Things, events, people. We all change and move forward. Nothing and nobody stays the same forever. Nothing we do will halt the passage of time so maybe instead we should find a way to accept it?

How do you cope with the passage of time? Do you fight it or embrace it?


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  1. 10th March 2018 / 5:48 PM

    Hi there visiting from http://www.mummabstylish.com. Lovely to find your blog and what an interesting read.
    I understand totally how you feel and can’t believe I now reach the age of 53! Seems only yesterday I was excited that I was getting married next year, but that was nearly 32 years ago. Having my five children who are now 29, 27, 24, 23 and 20 I kept telling myself enjoy each day with them as they will soon be grown up. But we can’t help but look forward to new beginnings, new schools, holidays, day’s out, special occasions that all seem to ‘speed’ up the process. I try to live each day, and tell myself and anyone who listens “this time next year it will be a different scenario” which is so true. Enjoy each and every special day with loved ones too.
    Hope to see you again, would love to see you on my blog too. Have a super weekend. x

    • Louisa
      12th March 2018 / 3:44 PM

      Thanks for your lovely comment Jacqui. Living each day as it comes is sound advice and means we don’t miss out on anything

  2. 2nd March 2018 / 9:27 AM

    Popping back from #PoCoLo
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:21 PM

      You’re welcome!

  3. 1st March 2018 / 11:41 AM

    Time always plays on my mind lately. I have said I would like to freeze time here as I’m OK here. I worry about our future a lot and in a way I rushed my little lady to grow up to. Time is such a funny thing #WotW

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:22 PM

      It’s true we are so eager for our children to reach their milestones that we almost rush them to grow and reach the next stage

  4. 26th February 2018 / 11:09 AM

    So interesting thoughts on the passing of time… I’m convinced time started running at double speed when I had my son 4 years ago; watching another human being evolve and grow will do that to you, especially when you want to just keep them as your baby forever! #WotW

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:41 PM

      I think time does speed up once you become a parent

  5. Fabby
    25th February 2018 / 9:25 PM

    Yes, That’s what I said after my dear granddaughter Cayetana’s last birth day of 11… she was our baby, now no more.
    Time flies and flies on a jet plane !
    Each year passes so quickly it is incredible ! Time was slow when I was a kid, so I just don’t know what is going on.
    Thanks you for your sweet visit.

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:55 PM

      I’m sure time speeds up as we age. I can hardy believe my eldest is an adult, he only seems to be five minutes old

  6. 25th February 2018 / 10:49 AM

    It is crazy how quickly time goes, one minute I was at school and now I’m looking for jobs and internships and having to answer some serious questions about my future! It was definitely easier when I was little! I hope Peanut enjoys the sleepover!!

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:53 PM

      Ha. We will be planning our retirement in a blink of an eye! Her sleepover was a great success thanks

  7. 25th February 2018 / 10:29 AM

    I’m saddened by the fact that time seems to fly by. Especially when it comes to my babies. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:20 PM

      They grow so fast. I swear I blink and they are bigger!

  8. 25th February 2018 / 8:24 AM

    I love reading this! Very real and yet poetic! I am looking for something to heal me. Maybe time will. #wotw

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:42 PM

      I hope you find something to heal yourself x

  9. 24th February 2018 / 3:47 PM

    Time is a funny old thing isn’t it, once you have kids it seems to pass all the quicker. Last year seemed to pass at lightening speed so I’m trying to slow down a little this year and enjoy as many of the slow moments as I can. #WotW

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:48 PM

      I can see why ‘slow lived’ has become a thing recently. Life is too fast at times

  10. 23rd February 2018 / 1:28 PM

    I think all we can do is enjoy the special times while we can because really you never know when the bad times are going to come again. Great post.

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:45 PM

      Too true. You never know what is around the corner

  11. 23rd February 2018 / 12:37 PM

    Time is such a weird thing one minutes can go really fast and other times it just drags X #wotw

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:44 PM

      Doesn’t it just?

  12. 23rd February 2018 / 12:31 PM

    Time is a strange thing….I wished my younger years away, wanting to grow up now I have my own children I want time to slow down….
    Good luck with the jacket. I hope your mum has a wonderful day…

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:43 PM

      Absolutely. Time seemed to drag when I was younger but not now!

  13. 23rd February 2018 / 12:15 PM

    Sometimes time flies like when I’m visiting my sister. Other times it drags its feet and I want to push it faster. I just try to find something to enjoy each day and then let it go. #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:23 PM

      That’s a great philosophy

  14. 23rd February 2018 / 12:02 PM

    Time certainly flies. The number of times I’ve been madly finishing an outfit, for a special day, the night before. There is a gremlin in our house that eats socks and sewing time. Exciting firsts coming up. Hope Peanut enjoys here sleepover and OJ thrives on his first trip abroad. Laughing at Debbie’s suggestion. Maybe you could book into the hotel next door. #wotw

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:19 PM

      I was finishing it off the night before too! Turns out I don’t do as well under pressure and I will definitely leave longer to complete it next time!

  15. 23rd February 2018 / 10:12 AM

    Oh, I know this feeling. Time just goes by so quickly, I can’t believe how quickly my two are growing up. I try to savour every moment, but the weeks when they are at school just go by so fast, and like you, I can lose a week here and there, it is hard to make the most of it. And yes to the tracking device! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:17 PM

      I think there is definitely a market for a tracker!

  16. 23rd February 2018 / 9:50 AM

    The passing of time is a funny thing isn’t it? It is a shame that it drags when you want it to go fast and then speeds up when you just want to savour the moment. Jessica’s heart condition has taught me a lot about living in the moment and enjoying it but I do have moments when it hits me how quickly the girls are growing up and how fast that time goes by. The end of summer is usually when it hits me hardest. Hope Peanut enjoys her sleepover and that you manage to get your jacket finished. I can imagine it must be a worry when your children go abroad for the first time without you. I am sure OJ will be fine although I quite like Debbie’s idea of a tracking device! 🙂 #WotW

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:16 PM

      She had a wonderful sleepover thank you. Every know and again I am floored by how quickly they are growing x

  17. 22nd February 2018 / 5:31 PM

    Hi Louisa, I try to go with it. Time is too precious in the present to worry about how fast it is passing. That doesn’t mean I don’t get moments when I wonder where time has gone, I do. All being well, in September my youngest will be off to the mainland to study and it just feels like yesterday when we first spoke about it (it was four years ago)… This is the time of year when time does seem to pass quickly. Before we know it it’s Easter, followed closely by summer (for us) and it’s when everyone gets stuck into work again. It’s an odd life we lead. Come August time is dragging again… I bet your youngest had a brilliant time. Has she asked to have a sleepover at yours yet? Oh, the joy!… Why do I think that Kosovo is an odd place to head for a first time abroad (alone)? I think he may notice if you stowed in his suitcase, but maybe a tracking device would suffice?… I hope you get your jacket finished in time for your Mums wedding. You have set yourself a challenge and how good will it be to be able to ear your own creation?


    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:12 PM

      Hi Debbie, do you know I did suggest a tracking device but he didn’t think I was serious! It must be bittersweet to think your daughter will be moving away to study. At least she will be home in the holidays and will have a wonderful experience x

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