Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ground rush

Ground rush
(n) In skydiving, the optical illusion that the ground is abruptly rushing up to meet you.

Yesterday I got a similar effect when I made the old joke about being 21 again and then realised that it is nearly the 21st anniversary of me making that joke for the first time! It cannot be 21 years since I was 21, I can remember it like it was yesterday, in fact better than yesterday, yesterday always seems to be a bit of a blur. I sat back at my desk and considered the past 21 years that have just slipped by, where had all that time gone, what had I really accomplished over those 21 years, how did I end up here. The answer is quite simple, I have spent most of the time living for the day, I’m not a great planner, I’m more likely to react to a situation than plan for it, I seem to have just meander through life taking decision when forced on me, just going with the flow and have now woken up to the fact I’m not where I want to be. That’s not to say I’m unhappy, far from it, the bulk of my life is great, but I’m sat doing a job surrounded by 20 year olds and I feel I should be doing something more.
The funny thing is that I never felt 21 at the time, I always felt a lot younger, perhaps that was part of my problem, I never got older, while my body did.

Q: How long does a skydiver have to open his parachute once he's jumped out of the plane?
A: The rest of his life.



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9 comments:

the eternal worrier said...

I think lots of us have spent life living for each day (you're not on your own). All I know is that every year seems to past faster and faster. In my head I don’t feel any different to when I was 16...but my body says different!

Lisa B said...

Great post for reflection, yes I spend time wondering where the years have gone and no I didn't expect it to be like it is now. Yesterday I was even thinking that although I've been wearing mascara every day for (probably) 26 years now, I still can't apply it without a mirror - bet you haven't had that thought LOL!

Kasia said...

What a great post! Well, you're definitely not alone - I still cannot understand when my friends managed to have children that are at school now and I haven't even really started thinking about it! My other half says that there are times in your life when you collect the stones and then there comes a time when you throw them away. Well I'm still collecting. And feeling quite fine with it.

Polergirl said...

I love your Q&A quote! Maybe it's just the time of year that is making more people reflect on where they are at and where they would rather be? We always have the choice to change but not always the circumstances to make things happen. Sigh.

travelling, but not in love said...

Brett, I have big birthday this year and I'm kind of dreading it.

Think looking back on how a life has been lived to date is always dangerous - especially when it's your own life. I'm not sure this was the life I thought i'd get, but it seems fine.

Nella said...

I am 55. Like you, I wonder where the years have gone since 21. I know.........I used them up. I will continue to use up each year as I get them. We can't save them. I can hardly wait, more fun with my 21 year old brain in a 55 year old body. Too cool.

Isunia said...

Hahaha, what a funny post I really liked it. And I am 21 :)

Michaela said...

I can't think of any original comments anymore because you just completely astound me with your photography every single time...so what more can I say? "Thanks"?

Hmm...well...I can't imagine what being 21 is like. I'm still stuck is those rotten teenage years. Ugh...

Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

Very gorgeous photograph. Very reflective and peaceful. Thanks for this.

You've got a great blog here. I look forward to visiting again soon!

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