33 for a moment ....

I will celebrate my 33rd birthday tomorrow!  Man.  I don't know why, but those numbers are starting to sound real.  Time is going by unbelievably quickly.  As a youngster, I was dismissive of admonitions that time would go by more and more quickly as I grew up.  They were right.  It was perhaps more than mere happenstance that I noticed the lyrics to the Five for Fighting song, 100 years, yesterday:

I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way
A family on my mind

And for a brief moment it is.  But a remarkable, irreplaceable, grace filled moment.  I remember in my early (20s) reading the book, Tuesdays with Morrie.  He spoke compellingly of accepting that there is a time to be in your (20s), a time to be in your (30s), so on and so forth.  I passively fought that reality for about a solid decade and missed out on a lot of good days.  Only recently have I really been just fine being where I am.  And while there is sometimes this sense that I need to tackle another big project, I am doing better at living in the safe bubble that is the (24) hours of each day. There will surely be more big projects.  But I will do my best not to be defined by them. 

My wife reminded me this morning that I was (24) when we met.  I am so thankful for the experiences that I have had over the nearly (10) years since that time.  I don't think that I am the same person that I was then.  And that is a good thing.  I am thankful today for the gifts in my life and I'm doing my best to keep God at the center of everything I do.  Here is to the 33rd year. 

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