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  • Zenosyne.

  • It’s actually just after youre born that life flashes before your eyes.

  • Entire aeons are lived in those first few months

  • when you feel inseparable from the world itself,

  • with nothing to do but watch it passing by.

  • At first, time is only felt vicariously,

  • as something that happens to other people.

  • You get used to living in the moment, because there’s nowhere else to go.

  • But soon enough, life begins to move, and you learn to move with it.

  • And you take it for granted that youre a different person every year,

  • Upgraded with a different body

  • ...a different future.

  • You run around so fast, the world around you seems to stand still.

  • Until a summer vacation can stretch on for an eternity.

  • You start to feel time moving forward,

  • learning its rhythm,

  • but now and then it skips a beat.

  • as if your birthday arrives one day earlier every year.

  • We should consider the idea that youth is not actually wasted on the young.

  • That their dramas are no more grand than they should be.

  • That their emotions make perfect sense, once you adjust for inflation.

  • So for someone going through adolescence,

  • life feels epic and tragic simply because it is:

  • every kink in your day could easily warp the arc of your story.

  • Because each year is worth a little less than the last.

  • And with each birthday we circle back,

  • and cross the same point around the sun.

  • and wish each other, 'many happy returns.'

  • But soon you feel the circle begin to tighten,

  • and you realize it’s a spiral,

  • and youre already halfway through.

  • As more of your day repeats itself,

  • you start to cast off dead weight,

  • and feel the steady pull toward your center of gravity,

  • the ballast of memories you hold onto,

  • until it all seems to move under its own inertia.

  • So even when you sit still, it feels like youre running somewhere.

  • And even if tomorrow you will run a little faster,

  • and stretch your arms a little farther

  • youll still feel the seconds slipping away as you drift around the bend.

  • Life is short

  • and life is long

  • but not in that order.


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