Friday, September 6, 2013

Life Passes By Like A Dream

While doing a little garden work yesterday afternoon, I happened upon my next door neighbour and we got to chatting. We talked about the changing seasons and our kids and our elderly parents. And how quickly the years go by. Just like a dream.


It got me thinking about what my mother said not too long after my father died. About how unbelievable it was that an entire lifetime spent with him was over. Just like that.


It felt like only yesterday, she told me, that they’d married, had their first child, bought their home, raised their children, had grandchildren, and so on. They’d been married two weeks short of 47 years when he passed away, and it had all zipped right by.


Sometimes I flip through photo albums and find it incomprehensible that certain individuals in the images before me are no longer here. They were all very much alive when the photos were taken. And now they’re gone.


It’s almost surreal at times, isn’t it? Life. The passing of time. Entire lives lived. Here and gone in the blink of an eye.

Life passes by like a dream. Before you know it, it’s over. Live each day like it’s your last. And be grateful for whatever time you have.


A lovely weekend to you all.

56 comments:

  1. What an introspective and emotional post. Yes in many ways life does fly by...but we can always stop and pause and enjoy the moment :)

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    1. Yes, we can always stop and pause and enjoy the moment. And we should! Often.

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  2. Couldn't agree more, Martha. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Nice to see you here, Sulky! I hope you are keeping well.

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  3. Great photos! I can feel the wind on my face as that train speeds by!

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    1. And you do feel the wind when you're standing nearby. Damn but those trains go fast!

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  4. Yes, some people's 'train' has passed Martha and they have had their journey. And you are so correct, the 'journeys' are so quick!
    This post was very nicely documented with VIA Rail!!

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    1. I was trying to find images that fit in this post and remembered these. They seemed perfect. Life seems to pass by as quickly as the train does!

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  5. So very true Martha. I was thinking the exact same thing just the other day. My Dad passed away in June and sometimes I still can't believe he's not here on this earth.

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    1. It's surreal, isn't it? My dad has been gone since 2007, and despite that it's been so long, every now and then I forget and expect him to answer the phone when I call my mom. They never truly leave us.

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  6. Well all I can add to that is it was yesterday when my daughter started kindergarten and then this summer I danced at her wedding - unfreakingbelievable!!!
    What great images to show with this post - scary but great!!!
    Have a great wknd as well Martha
    XOXO

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    1. Amazing, isn't it? It's hard to fathom that they have grown up so quickly!

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  7. Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)

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  8. Very true thoughs... life passes very quickly ...

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend too...

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  9. Very true . For I have lost both parents my dad 17 years ago and mum 5 years ago. It is hard to fathom that they are no longer here but will always be in my memories and heart for ever ! Lovely post and photos ! Grab life by the horns mum always said and live like ya mean it ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good weekend !

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    1. "...and live like ya mean it!" Those are definitely words to live by. Make the best of the time you have here!

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  10. lovely post and valuable thoughts today Martha!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Christine. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  11. Great use of train photos to illustrate your point. Love your photos.

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    1. Thanks. The train shots seemed like a perfect fit for this post.

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  12. This is a very thoughtful piece and the train metaphor running through it adds to the importance.

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    1. Sometimes we need a visual reminder! The train of life goes by quickly. Live fully while you're riding it.

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  13. I got teary reading about your mom and dad :-(

    So fast, whooshes by.

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    1. It is sad. They were so wonderful together. I always knew that one of them would be left behind, but I was hoping that it wouldn't be for many more years. And that they would both be so old that the other would leave soon after.

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  14. This is great, Martha ... loved the train correlation and your Mother's remembrance of your Dad... sniff

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I never thought I'd find a use for these photos, and here they are!

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  15. I will try my best, because it's good advice, my life has been hard, but I have hope because I know the Soul simply can't die and we are here to learn, apparently you can make it easy or hard, but it's not that cut and dry, not here...where there is more pain than joy...It's easy to forget that we are endless.....I love the train and hearing it in the distance, once I used to hear it...

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    1. Life certainly can be hard, but I do hope there are positive things in your life that you can focus on that give you joy. I also believe that the soul goes on; that it's endless.

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  16. I can hear a whistle blowing as I write this, I so love the sound of the trains!
    Great post, Martha.
    Life passes by "in the blink of an eye"
    We have to love and appreciate all of it!

    Thanks for the lovely reminder!

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    1. Yes, we certainly do have to love and appreciate all of it. Before you know it, it's all over! Make the best of it while you're here.

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  17. Wow, Martha! How many times I have thought exactly what you wrote in your post. I, too, look at old photos and think about how alive the people in them were. I wonder what their stories were and think about how those stories are gone too. The images of the train passing were spot on for the topic! I am so grateful to have made it into my sixties, especially when some of my closest friends died way too young. Life is a gift, and you should celebrate it every day. I hope you have a rich and full day!

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    1. Life is definitely a gift! We don't know how long we'll be here, so we must make the best of it. Every time I begin another year, I am grateful for how far along I am.

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  18. Very nice post, Martha - both photos and thoughts. Sometimes, I find life almost drags along, then suddenly it's at fast forward. Go figure.

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    1. That is true! I guess it all depends on what's going on at the time.

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  19. really nice post Martha! I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I lost my mom about 2 years ago, and I still think how strange it is that she isn't with us anymore.

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    1. I know that feeling. No matter how long they are gone, we find it hard to believe.

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  20. You certainly have hit "it" spot on, life speeding by like the train. We were just discussing this the other day, because Jim has had 2 passing this week in his family with illness with a couple others. Large families vs small families, now there's a post!

    Thanks Martha!

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    1. When we lose people in our circle, it is a very profound reminder that life is short and fragile. Large families vs small families...yes, now there's a post!

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  21. So very true, we are here for a very short time, must make the most of life.

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    1. Yes, we must enjoy the time we have. It goes by so quickly.

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  22. Mommy and I talk about this sometimes. It's true, time does pass really fast, but you only notice afterwards. Like how Mommy had morning sickness and then, just awhile later, my little brother is here. Once upon a time Roro was a baby too, and now she's just turned 5 and can talk to me about all sorts of things. That's why I always tells Mommy to just be happy and not waste any time worrying!

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    1. Smart girl! Yes, it's best not to waste any time worrying. Just enjoy each day as best as you can.

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  23. What a wonderful use of the train photos representing life going by. You are so talented Martha!

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  24. This is reality of life & we have to accept it.
    Best of luck,dear,
    Vinnie,

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