Taking the first corner fast, you entered Kindergarten with way too much excitement. Within a few years you’ll realize that school isn’t as fun without nap time.
Coming out of the corner, middle school is fading fast. You spent every living day waiting on the next. Reject the notions of tomorrow today, because soon you will regret wearing those clothes.
Down the stretch, you went through high school in a straight line. You already knew what lied ahead — or at least you thought you did. You’ll be a doctor, lawyer or space cowboy within the next decade. Change the world? Hell – you’ll change everything.[quote align="center" color="#999999"]Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save[/quote]
The road wasn’t as smooth as you thought it would be. Shortly after exiting the long stretch of high school, you entered a twisting road full of potholes known as college. Suddenly everything seemed a bit less clear.
Medicine? You forgot that you’re afraid of blood.
Law? You have a soul.
Space Cowboy? Space exploration is more work than you thought.
You ended up 360ing out of higher education only to find yourself on a road that you never intended being on. But hey – at least it’s paved, right?
Foot pressed on the gas. Time is money and you wanted piles of it.
You picked up a life partner without even stopping – life is moving too fast now. All your hard-earned money has been spent on a wedding and kids. The road appears to be getting narrower now.
No longer is there split road begging for exploration. Only one way to go. Without options, you realize that you wanted something else for yourself.
Can’t go back now. Can’t stop making money. Bills need to be paid. College savings filled.
Everything seems to have slipped away. Your restless mind has failed to notice the empty places in your life.
Life is slowing down now. With the kids gone and retirement on the horizon – there is no need to rush. Take every day for what it is — a miracle. Soon there will be none left.
Down the final stretch, you can’t drive as fast as you used to be able to. Instead you looked out the window and noticed things that you didn’t before — the beauty of the world, the silliness of emotions, relationships in need of repair — the goal in life.
It’s too late to go back now. The shifter is locked in ‘drive’.
It’s almost over. You’ve gone full circle. The black hole where your life began has now become your end. Close your eyes. Take a deep last breath as you pass the finish line – let the darkness cover you.
People mourned; people cried.
But hey, on the bright side — you won the race of life.