February 12th, 2017 by Bob Bly
A kindly subscriber sent me as generous gift: a hardcover copy of
Stephen Hawking’s best-selling book “A Brief History of Time.”
I am now reading it, though slowly, as I find many of the
concepts difficult to wrap my mind around.
But here’s one thing about time that Hawking missed in his book.
Einstein also missed it in his book “Relativity: the Special and
Namely, the older we get, the faster time goes. That’s Bly’s
Theory of Relativity!
Conversely, the younger we are, the more slowly times passes.
When you are 5 and your 6th birthday is a month away, that month
feels like forever.
When you are 12, the 4 or 5 years you must wait to get your
driver’s license seems like an eternity.
And as much as I liked college — and I did, for the most part —
it seemed to me at times during my 4 years as an undergraduate
that I would be there forever.
But now, I will soon turn 60 — and yet, it seems to me I was just
21 … and starting my first corporate job at Westinghouse … only
My sons recently turned 27 and 24 — and they have reached that
age in the blink of an eye.
Life itself goes by so quickly — and the older you get, the faster it
Also as we age, our opportunities and options become fewer and
fewer — a statement I know some of you will dispute, but hey, I
calls them as I sees them!
When I was 21, for instance, I briefly considered going back to
school to become a pediatrician — and I believe I could have done
For me now, at 60, medical school and a residency are clearly off
I don’t know if any of this is helpful, but I can tell you my 3
guidelines for making the most of each day while you are alive:
1- Every day, without fail, tell your spouse and your children
(and grandchildren, if you have them, which I do not) that you
love them. Every day. Even if they complain that you say it too
2–Be kind and generous to others. Do not exert power or show
meanness or cruelty, especially to those weaker than you.
Remember, just because you can do something to someone doesn’t
mean you SHOULD do it to them.
3–Find work you enjoy. Get good at it and keep at it. A career,
job, or profession you love can give you happiness every day. As
Max Ehrmann wrote in Desiderata: “Keep interested in your own
career, however humble, it’s a real possession in the changing
fortunes of time.”
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