Time really does move quite quickly

Posted by on April 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm.

It’s nearly the end of April, 2011.  This is a bittersweet milestone for me this year, because it is the halfway point in my seasonal job at Green Diamond Resource Company.  In a simplified sense, I get to ride ATVs, feed wild owls, view fantastic landscapes, observe dynamic flora and fauna, traverse unique ecosystems, absorb the gifts of God in the romanticism of nature, and do all of the above in the names of “work” and “conservation.”  Getting paid to complete my work-related duties while driving a quadrunner has been one of the sweetest morsels of the job.  It has been exceptionally rewarding to get experience working for a private company; in college, I was truly blessed to experience the other job sectors in my chosen career path (for governmental agencies and in academia).  What’s more is that this job has helped me learn to be less risky in nature and more safe because of the areas we work in and the equipment that we use.  This has been the more comical lesson learned so far.

It’s nearly halftime.  As soon as May hits, I have three more months out here, more or less.  This realization is bitter in the sense that I have loved this job ever since I started it back in February, and the realization is sweet in the sense that relatively soon (following the “second half” so to speak) I will be starting graduate school this fall at West Virginia University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Wildlife resources.  I made my decision about a week ago, in terms of where to go to school and I am quite eager to begin this next adventure, as much as I can be anyway.

Yet, again time is still moving so quickly.  This trend all started right when high school ended and college began.  Friends and family had warned me that perceptible time would seem to increase in pace and speed after receiving that diploma in 2006.  Even saying 2006 has a feel of being so long ago.  That already makes this year the start of the high school reunions… Ugh…  I don’t think that I am ready for that yet.  Thank God for what Facebook is actually good for.

Rewind back to 2006, ready to begin undergraduate college, I remained skeptical of these warnings about the inherent perception of time in early adulthood–as I usually do.  Then, all of a sudden, I was graduating in 2010.  It seemed so sudden because of all that had been suffered, lost, gained, and accomplished in those four short years.  From phenomenal courses taken to new relationships discovered (other significant relationships lost) and then to so much extracurricular involvement that I still have trouble trying to figure out how I did it all.  So much involvement outside of the campus-sphere can almost correlate to the reasons for losing some relationships with people.  To some, it’s an obvious conclusion, but for me, I lead with hypotheses first–analytics can come later.  Hindsight really is 20/20 in this regard.

As for the present, I would like things to slow down a bit, and I am sure that there are plenty of people who would agree.  It just doesnt seem right to me that even memories from my childhood are becoming only minor blips on the neurological radar.  I am the type of person who likes to savor important moments and foster new ones.  I have been taking so much pictures this year while working out here in northern California, that it’s almost like I’ve finally gotten the idea right.  These captured moments are all that can help keep the memories alive in the future.  I’m such a nostalgic person because of such things that I even have pieces of my adolescent history just stocked in small boxes, away in darkened storage.  I probably should part with them at some point, but wouldn’t it be nice to have those things around in the future to look back on, to re-remember (especially those important lessons learned)?  I think that’s what I am going to stick with.  I am going to keep the memorabilia. 

I am going to need to get creative in graduate school with trying to slow my own perception of the curent times.  My Master’s research is going to focus on the observable migratory behaviors of Golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the eastern United States.  This is great for me, since this focal species is the bird that really got me started in all of this zoological, perhaps (at times) nonsensical passion of mine.  I’ll definitely be looking to savor every experience and new adventure within the entire prospect.  Will time decide to cooperate?  To me it never seems to, and probably never will, but I damn well am going to try! 

Regardless of however fast time wants to drive, my eagerness for new things certainly will continue to precede me and I refuse to miss a single moment anymore.

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