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Fact of Life: Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Updated on April 14, 2013

Where has the time gone?

No doubt about it, time flies. How many times have we said it's been a week since so and so? A year since such and such? Or wow, didn't I just celebrate my birthday a month ago?

How about when retail stores begin their holiday displays in September, seriously that's crazy, but the holidays will quickly arrive. But yet, while waiting for a pot of water to boil it takes forever!

Where does the time go? Will it ever slow down? We arise from our slumber and before we realize it we are ready for sleep again.

Have we accomplished all that needs to be done in that day? I often find myself saying that I wish there were more hours in a day.

I bet many of you have also wished for that. By now we have realized that's not gonna happen.

We often wish time will slow down

When we were young time didn't fly as quickly. Our days were more leisurely hanging out with our friends and we had no worries. As we began to age we noticed that time does go by faster.

There are many days I just need to stop and tell myself, "be here now". How many of us are always planning ahead? Maybe that could be part of the problem.

If we are constantly planning ahead to the next day or next week etc. we neglect today. It's the moments we are in that should truly matter.

I've spoken with many friends who have complained about time flying by and how they wish they could turn back time. Would we really want to go back and do it all over again?

I, for one wouldn't, anything I missed out in this life I'll tackle in the next...etc...etc...etc. The Grand Ole Opry will certainly still be around in my next life. At least I hope so.

I'm a firm believer in the adage that "time flies when you're having fun!" Consider the many times when we were having the time of our life's and then it's over. We are sad that it came to an abrupt end, but will always cherish the memories.

Maybe if we force ourselves to be bored time will go slower BUT who has time to be bored! Being bored is not fun but yet it works. Whenever you're at an event that you'd rather not be at, doesn't time just drag?

No matter how many times we try not to look at a clock we always seem to do it anyway. Most times only a minute has passed by and we're thinking what the #$%&! It's torture I say!

Do you remember about what age time began to start flying for you? For me it was in my twenties. Now that I'm in my forties it's at a lightning pace.

It seems that if I blink the day is over and the next day is about to begin. So I try not to blink, but being human that's not an easy task.

Time is free of charge

Time is something we will never get back. It just keeps on moving and we have to keep up with it. We are controlled by time. It would be nice if we could control it but reality tells us otherwise.

When we learn to use our time constructively and we aren't just killing time, life can go more smoothly.

Whether it's a second, minute, an hour or a day time is free of charge and there are no refunds.

Time is of the essence. Maybe we should take the time to smell the roses! If roses aren't your thing, then smell something else just take the time. It would be nice if time stood still if only for a little while, but it's not gonna happen.

If you know a secret or creative way to use time more effectively please share with the rest of us. Possibly it could be patented and bottled and you could become a billionaire!

It's a fact of life that time flies, so enjoy each moment because you will not get it back. In good times and bad times, time is by your side so you might as well be friends. Until next time, I gotta fly!

Does time fly for you when you're having fun?

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    • George Greene Jr. profile image

      George Greene Jr. 

      6 years ago from California PA

      I find the holidays are the fastest moving time of year! it seems we never have enough time to get all those presents. and then when we think we are done we remember that person we forgot and with time running out we have to take the time to think of what to get them when another person comes to mind and now more time to spend thinking what for them.. it seems like a never ending loop that actually does have an end that always comes by too soon!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      TripleAMom ... How very true, kids think 5 minutes is like an hour! Oh my, they are in for an awakening one day :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mary, Time sure does seem to fly. Hard to believe the holidays are upon us once again. Continue to seize today!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      I totally agree. My kids think they have to wait so long for things and it feels like just yesterday THEY were born!!! Time is flying by. I'm trying to learn to enjoy it and not stress.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You got some great comments here SS...probably because it is a great subject and great hub...something that touches all of us. I can attest to the fact that time goes faster as we age. I like Carol's comment about the toilet paper.

      Your saying " we neglect today" is so true. We need to stop thinking about tomorrow and seize today!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Vellur ~ unknown spy ~ carol7777

      Thank you for stopping by and spending some time in my time flies hub! I hope you didn't feel rushed. I appreciate the added facts Carol! :)

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      They say time is like toilet paper, once it gets closer to the end the faster it goes. I also want to slow that clock down..Eacy day seems to race by. The one thing you can do to fight this is to enjoy each day. How fast a fun day goes and how slow five minutes goes when you are waiting for news.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      excellent points. and i love the chicken. :P

      the quote is very true, time flies and your the pilot. soar the wind, take it easy.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome hub, enjoyed reading. Love the fact that we are the pilots. Voted up.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent advice DzyMsLizzy! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope someone reads your comment and learns a thing or two, I know I did! :)

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      So true! I have a few sayings, not the least of which is the famous "time flies," to which I have modified the tag line as follows: "whether or not you're having fun."

      And so true, that the older we get, the faster time seems to slip away. I've often asked, "Ok, who greased the calendar pages??!!"

      Several years back I saw the Robin Williams movie, Dead Poet's Society...from which I learned the phrase, "Carpe Diem." It means "seize the day." Indeed..Stop...take time to smell the flowers.

      Put another way, do what you want, what is important to connecting with family and friends...the housework will still be there tomorrow, patiently waiting. But time does not wait, and family and people are more important in the end, for none of us knows the measure of our allotted time.

      And if someone drops in, and I haven't vaccuumed yet, or dusted--oh well. People are supposed to visit with people--not with their houses!

      So--CARPE DIEM!!

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      7 years ago from Colorado

      As I am a teacher and summer is here, I must say I've been thinking on this very subject lately. Time goes WAY too fast over these months. What I've noticed is that it seems to accelerate a bit every year--if it keeps going then life really is going to fly as you near the end. I guess we just have to treasure each moment, regardless.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent point of view Jaye! Thank you so much for sharing! "Be here now" :)

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Enjoyed your hub. So true that "time flies', but it seems to wing along faster the closer one gets to 70! Still, I think it's even more important to live in the "now" when there's less time ahead, don't you think? Another good reason for older people to enjoy the present is that memory often takes a hit about this time. Sure am glad I have lots of photos through which I can relive the good times....JAYE

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for your comments!

      GNelson....good idea, not sure how to patent it though:) in the moment is not an easy task, but we all should try harder, I understand :)

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      7 years ago from Indiana

      So true! I think when we are younger we tend to view time as an endless resource. I don't remember at what age it started hitting home with me that it's not. I try very hard to remember to 'live in the moment' at some point each day, but sad to say I fail many days. And that's too bad, as that time will never be re-granted!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      The only way I know to slow time down is to stare at a clock. Good Hub!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      That's great news cherry! Now I need to do as I preach more often :))

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      January Moon 

      7 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Great Hub, this blog has reminded me to just live for the moment, thank you.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey ligler! I have no problem when I look in the mirror, I guess if I was your age I would be more concerned! Lol

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks cogerson...always a pleasure when you visit! When my daughter left for Colorado this week for the summer I told her not to blink too much!!! :)

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      Dave Ligler 

      7 years ago

      Awesome hub ! Time really does fly, if you don't believe it just look in the mirror. Hilarious hub and videos. Voted up, funny and awesome

    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub. To me the older I get the faster time flies. I figure by the time I am in my 70s....a year will go by in 3 make great points about enjoying this time we are in right now.....great selection of videos....especially the one with the guys spilling their beers...voted up, awesome and funny


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