Today is the twelfth day of the twelfth month of twenty-twelve. 12-12-12. The last repeating date for quite some time – the last repeating date you or I will ever see. Today we’ll mark off the hours – especially at 12:12pm. We’ll talk about how cool this date is; we’ll see on the news all the people getting married; we’ll soon hear about the first baby born on this day. People will talk to strangers about it in grocery stores; friends will laugh about it via text message . It’s 12/12/12! A special day. Today maybe people will be happier – they’ll think about the date and smile. It makes us happy, to see patterns in time. To be able to experience things like this, to be able to celebrate it together.
It also makes us sad. It’s 12/12/12. The last repeating date of our lifetime. We won’t make it to see the next one. We’re going to die. We’re going to miss out on all the fun they’ll have 89 or 100 years from now. (In 2101 or 2112!)
It makes us question – where does the time go?
I can remember sitting in my 5th grade classroom, my teacher writing on the chalkboard: 02/02/02. We talked about the pattern in the date, and I can remember thinking about how the next few years would have patterns, too: 5/5/5, 10/10/10, 12/12/12. And now, I think about how I’ve lived all those dates. I’ve seen them, and they have passed. And this day will pass as well. We’ll all talk excitedly about it for a while – until tomorrow. 12/13/12. Not as exciting, eh?
The time just keeps going by, doesn’t it? Another day, another holiday – soon another new year.
People always say that time flies. Looking back, it seems like that day in 5th grade was not so long ago – but it was – ten years. Ten years. Time flew by.
Only, time didn’t fly by. No, time always passes at the same rate. Me sitting in that classroom happened ten years ago – and so much has happened to me since. Every day in between had its own moments. We just forget them.
Take summer vacation, for example. When you’re in school, you look forward to summer vacation all year. And then it hits, and you’re happy with doing nothing – for about two weeks. And then, it begins. The everyday loll… the passing of time, with nothing in particular to do in order to fill up those hours. The months stretch out in front of you – the next school year seems forever away.
Then, the first day of school comes, and everyone exclaims – Summer vacation is over, already? It went by so quickly! Really, it didn’t. Neither did these past ten years. We just forget all of the everyday things we’ve done, all the little experiences we’ve had: the smiles, the tears, the learning of who we are.
Time passes. That’s just what it does. So we celebrate it. We celebrate being alive. It’s 12/12/12! Soon, sooner than you think, it’ll be 11/12/13. Should we start planning our party now? Or, what about 12/13/14? I can already tell that’ll be a good day! Those dates will arrive, and we’ll celebrate them together.
It will feel like time has flown by, but remember: every day is something to celebrate. Remember to watch out for those little moments.
Oh, and happy 12/12/12! Doing anything special to celebrate?
I’ve always said that I like Irishmen. One of those, called “Rohan” in his native land (http://rohan7things.wordpress.com), nominated my site for the “Very Inspiring Blog Award”. How great is that? Pretty great. (Check out Rohan’s blog – he’s Irish, and smart, and funny, and he says cool stuff like “chuffed”!)
Hey Infinity has been called “awe-inspiring and wondrous”… and now inspiring! Please feel free to send more adjectives. Anyway, let’s get down to business here… Apparently this award stuff has rules.
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
Meh. Rules. Ok, I’ll play.
“7 Things About Me”
1. Fitted sheets and I don’t get along very well.
2. I watch more British TV than American TV. (On a computer, of course, not an actual television!)
3. I just recently finished reading the last book of the Ender Series, Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. Now I just have to read all the prequels, side-stories, spin-offs, and short stories.
4. I hate wearing socks.
5. Someday, I hope to become a coffee drinker. Or at least tea.
6. I laugh at my own jokes. I laugh when other people don’t laugh at my jokes. Basically, I find myself to be hilarious.
7. I think every single person is inspirational.
“15 Inspiring Blogs”
Wait, 15? How about… 5? And instead of just listing them off with no explanations, I’ll tell you why I think they’re great. Yep, I’m improving this award thing. You’re welcome.
1. (http://pcghana.wordpress.com/) Linda Smittle is a Peace Corps Volunteer currently living in Ghana. Following her stories of life in Jumbo – the people there, her experiences, the weirdness that sometimes happens when two cultures meet – inspire me to be a person of the world. Check out her last post here.
2. (http://jenibo.com/) Jen is one of my favorite bloggers to follow. She draws the coolest things ever, she’s a great writer, and sometimes she posts pictures of her cat. All of these things inspire me! I wish I could draw and/or write as well as she does. Check out her last post here.
3.(http://victorspictures.wordpress.com/) Victor is this fantastic fellow/photographer who posts interesting pictures that he’s taken and then writes about them. Ok, maybe that description doesn’t do him justice… Just go check his blog out for yourself, and you’ll get it. Another one of my faves.
4.(http://measureandstir.com/) Measure and Stir makes weird/unique alcoholic beverages, takes pretty pictures of them, and plops the recipe underneath so you can make them for yourself! I haven’t tried anything, yet, but I will… someday. If I can figure out how to make a lime peel spiral… Check out their last post, here. Some kind of yummy looking egg-nog-like drink. This may be the one, folks!
5.(http://ellengreycarter.wordpress.com/) Ellen Grey Carter (full name!) is relatively new to the blogging scene. She writes about cool stuff like writing. I know, right?! She’s got lots of interesting tips for writers, and she’s really funny… Ok,ok, go check her out already!
Ok, are we done here? Thanks for being inspirational, you. You!
1. Recently while watching TV at work I yelled “Your boobs look great!” at an infomercial about “special” bras. These things happen.
2. All I really want is a pouty European boy with a weird accent.
3. How long has it been since you built your last couch cushion fort?
4. If someone warns you that your beverage is hot, don’t test it out for yourself and burn your tongue. Just believe them.
5. There are people out there doing what you want to be doing. Maybe you think you can’t do it – but you can! They did!
6. What ever happened to Lady Gaga? Remember her?
7. I really want to hire a Psychologist and have them diagnose people with different mental disorders by only looking at their tumblr pages.
8. Just because spellcheck says it’s a word, doesn’t mean you’ve got it right. (Actual real life Facebook example: “Some of Gods greasiest gifts are unanswered prayers!!” So greasy.)
9. Sometimes I think people just keep the Starbucks cup they got that one time and refill it with coffee from home. You don’t actually go to Starbucks that often, right? Right?
10. It’s time to step it up a notch. Turn it up a step. You get what I mean. Go for broke! Go big or go home! Go to Bed! Wait, what?
“What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”