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Time Is A Grim Reaper

I'm a caregiver and an artist. I received high honors in creative writing, fine arts, and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art.

Time Is A Grim Reaper - ink

Time Is A Grim Reaper - ink

Time Is A Grim Reaper

With each day we are all dying.

We are only truly alive with life when we are growing in the womb.

But from the time we are born, we are dying.

It's a sad but true fact of life. The law affects all creatures.

Funny, when we are young children time seems to be slowed. I believe that it is because as children we really don't grasp the true meaning of time. Sure, most likely you could read a clock. But to truly tell time. We had no clue.

It seems as we get older time has a funny way of saying "Hello".

It waves its ugly hand in our faces. Letting us know it's there. We can no longer ignore it.

With each year, time seems to reveal more of its self. Not necessarily because we feel older but because somehow we perceive time differently.

Somehow each day we get older time seems to pass faster.

More and more often I find myself saying, "Its Christmas already, how did that happen?".

"Another year over, Wow! Where the heck did it go?"

When my son has a summer break, it feels like it's over in a few days. In reality, two months of vacation time may have been spent. I remember when I was a kid, that time off of school seemed to last forever and a year.

Amazing how differently time looks and feels when you're older.

I believe we see it differently because we realize our own mortality.

We realize time is short and our time on this planet is minuscule.

When we are children we have an abundance of energy and optimism. We think we are invincible in a way.

When we get older that energy fades. When we play rough, we now feel it. We are no longer indestructible and are more vulnerable to times wicked ways of aging.

We have all heard the saying "time heals all." But in reality, it destroys all. Times evil grasp slowly but surely sucks the life out of everything. Stars, planets, creatures, people, nothing is safe from times grasp. Nothing survives.

Final Thoughts

It's not all bleak time is forever but life in its own way is everlasting too.

Planets, stars, and people all die. But just as we create children so does the universe. New stars and planets are being born all the time. Life somehow finds a way to exist. Avoiding time in a cat and mouse like a game of life and death.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi


Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 17, 2019:

Thanks Alyssa I truly appreciate your comments. Thanks for the compliment on my Grim Reaper drawing too.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 17, 2019:

An interesting piece. Your line "when we play rough, we now feel it" rings with so much truth. I absolutely love your drawing. You are very talented!

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 11, 2019:

Thank you very much for taking the time to read the article. I appreciate it. Time certainly is very odd indeed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2019:

Your article contains some important things to consider.Time is a strange phenomenon!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 10, 2019:


Your article speaks the truth.

I wish we could find a way to slow time back down like in our childhood. It does seem like time flies by us too fast.

This is a great write.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 10, 2019:

I appreciate your comment MG. I just think that as we get older we understand that our time on this planet is short. So time some how feels rushed.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 10, 2019:

Thanks for the comment Nell. I truly can't believe how time seems to fly by. Every year feels shorter somehow.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 10, 2019:

I appreciate that you took the time to read it. Thanks for commenting Purvi.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 10, 2019:

Very nice article. Yes, time flies more quicker for older people. I wonder why?

Nell Rose from England on December 10, 2019:

What a grim thought, but of course you are right. And yes the older you get the quicker time seems to fly.

Purvi from India on December 10, 2019:

I always enjoy your article. Sometimes you give us crafty knowledge and sometimes you give us routine life knowledge. And today's your article 'Time Is A Grim Reaper' gives us the value of precious time. Time is passing very fast than our thoughts. So, don't waste time and enjoy life and live happily with our relatives and neighbors.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 09, 2019:

I total agree with you, Lora. I was just discussing a book with my daughter about living in the NOW. It is so important that we take advantage of life while we have it. Anything could happen, anytime and life could end abruptly. So be kind to others and enjoy life while you have it.

Thank you very much for the compliment on my illustration as well. I appreciate that.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 09, 2019:

Thanks, John for commenting on my drawing. I really love creating art that others can enjoy. As for time perception, I find it really interesting how it changes from childhood to adults. As adults time seems to be so rushed.

Lora Hollings on December 08, 2019:

A sobering and well written article, Jason, on time and how it seems to fly! It's difficult for me to grasp, at times, how many years have gone by since I graduated high school and college, too. If we don't take charge of our lives and really do what we want to do right now, we will look back and regret it. Don't put anything off when it comes to reaching out for loved ones, taking a trip, or going after your dreams, time goes so quickly! Good job on the grim reaper too.

"Time and tide wait for no man." -Geoffrey Chaucer

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 08, 2019:

Eric, that is exactly so true. We need to enjoy the time that we have here. Time goes by so quickly that every moment should be cherished.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 08, 2019:

Crezyl, thanks for checking out this article. I am glad you enjoyed it.

I know what you mean. It is so crazy how mentally I don't change. I always will be young at heart but my age continuously increases. All I know is enjoy life while we can because time flies.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 08, 2019:

A good piece of writing, Jason.I have to agree with everything you said. Our perception of time certainly does change as we age. It seems like the days are much shorter and the years pass much more quickly than when we were children. I like the Grim Reaper drawing too.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 08, 2019:

Great job. Soccer and volleyball was brutal at my 61 I wonder about growing older It does not seem an option to be old here, just alive.

Crezyl from Philippines on December 08, 2019:

I found getting older funny, adding my age but my mind still the same. We are chasing time, and I literally do that hahahahhaha. But you were right when you said "time heals all" and it is reverse in reality, I can assure that. I love your work!

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