Monday, September 14, 2009

Time Flies

At the grocery store today I was stunned to see that all the summer items had been moved to the clearance isle, replaced with Halloween Candy. Halloween Candy. As in: that-holiday-that-comes-at-the-end-of-October-and-launches-the-Holiday-season. And my panicked thought was, "I'm not ready for this."

Now, part of that had to do with the fact that Halloween candy is one of my biggest weaknesses (second only to Easter candy) and as I'm trying to be good about my calories right now, I was none too happy to have a whole isle of delicious treats tempting me. (And yes...I bought some...I have no willpower when it comes to candy corn pumpkins). But diet guilt aside, what's really bothering me is, where has this year gone?

Yes, I know it's only mid-September and that stores put holiday stock out earlier every year in an effort to make us buy more of it. But did it already become mid-September? How can there only be three-and-a-half months left before it's 2010. And is it almost 2010? How can the whole y2k-milennium thing have been ten years ago. Am I the only one that feels this way?

Billy Crystal's character in City Slickers said, "Your twenties are a blur." Well, now I understand what he means. Now that I'm less than two months away from hitting 28, now that I'm six years out of college (six years! How did that happen?) and married five years and eleven years out of High School (eleven years--that's madness!) I get why he called it a blur. Because it feels like one. I had no concept of how much time was slipping by...but boy is it slipping.

Which leads me to my problem. My goal was to start submitting my book to agents by the end of the year and then hopefully be published before I turn 30. But that's not very far away! Where has the time gone? And what do I do now?

Well, I guess there's only one thing I can do: get cracking. No more slacking off. Time to finish this silly draft and see if I can reach that goal after all. And no more wasting time. Because time definitely flies...whether you're using it wisely or not.


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