Received a text a few days ago from a friend who needed to cancel on our afternoon appointment. He used the phrase, “time is just going so fast” to explain why he could not make it to London in time.
Of course, I understood that his travel plans were delayed and therefore he wouldn’t be able to make it to the city in time.
The phrase stuck with me and I myself have started to use it in various situations.
“Hey! How’s your essay going?
“It’s alright, it’s just that time is going so fast and there is so much still left to do!”
“Can you believe that we’ve only got 4 more weeks of term left? Time is going so fast!”
“Huh?!…what is going on? TIME IS GOING SO FAST!”
We’re all making plans for Christmas, ang moh New Year, Chinese New Year etc. Didn’t make plans for Diwali here in London, though, it didn’t seem like a very big thing (which is strange, no?).
Thought Catalog had an article about things we should stop doing in our 20s. It’s a good list of suggestions. Along the same lines, I’d like to take stock of some things I’ve started to do in my 20s that I would like to keep doing for a long time more:
1) Take long walks by myself. This was something I started when I was in Champaign-Urbana especially during the Fall when weather was good and college town was quiet.
2) Talk to strangers. I actually learnt this from T (who naturally does this all the time). Most of the time it’s just commenting on something interesting/strange/nice to someone who probably thinks I’m crazy (in Singapore) or just friendly (everywhere else).
3) Living alone. Again, this started in Urbana-Champaign and I’m living more of that experience here in London. It’s good to be alone, not lonely.
4) Learning something new. Film class in Urbana-Champaign. Film class in SOAS. Speed-reading in Urbana-Champaign (nerd alert). Aikido in London.
I’m sure there’s more stuff I’d like to add to the list. Maybe when they pop up, I’ll revisit this space to keep a record.
Mainly, this is a reminder to myself that when I stop being afraid, I have a great capacity to surprise yourself, in a good way.