My daughter recently turned 10 months. Time feels like it’s moving at the speed of light.
Whenever we go out for meals, parents occasionally stop by our table to say hi to the baby and do small talk with us. No desired outcome; just parents connecting on kids.
In one of our trips, a parent of two (16 and 14 years old) shared some advice that stuck with me. He shared that days are long when you’re parenting, but years are short. He can’t believe his kids are already teenagers.
That really resonated with me.
It’s not just about parenting; it’s about everything. When you’re working on a project or a business or doing an experiment, you’re building it brick by brick. Every day feels like a week. It’s only when you zoom out you realize how much you were able to achieve in a short time span.
When an athlete is prepping during off-season or training camp, days feel long, recovery feels cumbersome… and you haven’t even entered the season yet let alone playoffs. But when you take it day by day, week by week, and month by month, you realize that time will pass by at the same speed regardless of the work you put in.
There are moments in parenting that can feel challenging. But recognizing that every day is a moment to cherish, you feel eternally grateful for the opportunity of being a parent.
Regardless of what you’re working on, just remember that days are long but years are short. That will provide the patience and focus to keep moving forward.