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What Lie Ahead

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Why does the world always seem bigger when we're younger, the days longer, the fun more memorable, the days problems less worrisome? Perhaps it's because we don't yet know any better, or because we haven't been told where the edges are, or maybe it's because we just love each moment more fully, not so conscious or afraid of what may come but intensely soaked in the present, living now so wholly that everything else, including ourselves, pales in comparison to what lie ahead.

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  1. Raam,

    When your young(er) the days are longer. Each day represents a certain percentage of the total time you’ve been alive, as you grow older that percentage slowly diminishes & thus each day going forward seems/is shorter.

    An old friend of mine used to say “perception is reality”.

    I like this bit in the post; “we haven’t yet been told where the edges are”.

    • Thank you for sharing that perspective, Alan! I had not thought of how as we grow the days represent an increasingly smaller percentage of the total time we’ve been alive. I’ll need to reflect on that thought!

  2. we haven’t yet been told where the edges are

    I love this bit also! I think that’s the answer to the question, “Why does the world always seem bigger when we’re younger”.

    I think children possess an ability to think more freely, simply because they approach life without having been told what they can or cannot do yet. This is why each generation finds ways to expand life’s boundaries.

    Therefore, children live in a world where their imagination can take them places that we, as adults (most of us), simply cannot go. The world is a larger, happier, and more natural place to live in. I wish we could all think like children sometimes 🙂

    • This is why each generation finds ways to expand life’s boundaries.

      That’s a fascinating thought. How do they find ways to expand life’s boundaries? Why, given everything going against them, does each generation somehow find a way to, at least in aggregate, end up better–an improved version of–the previous generation? And how might we use whatever the answer to those questions are to increase our individual potential to grow and improve ourselves?

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  • andrea January 30, 2015

    RT @raamdev: What Lie Ahead https://t.co/NUvkeCPAFX