What is our life’s destinations? This time the of year always gives us pause because summer is coming to a close and time seems to zip by so very fast.  We realize that another year will soon come to a close.  We start to think about what we haven’t done or accomplished in the past year and any do-overs we greatly desire in our heart of hearts.

Destinations

When we’re young time seems to move VERY slowly.

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As we grow, time seems to happily speed up. Still, we want it to go faster.

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 When we’re taking on what life has in store for us, time seems to slip thru our fingers.

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Before you know it, we start to think about what time we have left.

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The reality is we all have the same final destination, some will arrive there sooner then others.

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The key to life is to appreciate all that we have while we’re in that space in time.

Don’t wish our lives away waiting for something that may or may not come to pass.

Seize the day knowing that once it’s gone we cannot relive it or bring it back.

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Our time is meant to be exploited, shared, taken advantage of and enjoyed to the very best of our abilities.

In the end we truly do not know what lies ahead.  It is up to us to use what time we have wisely, taking great care in our use of it.  It is our most valuable (and limited) asset.

Life’s journey continues…

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  • Hope Adela Pasztor

    Interesting way to look at life! =)

  • Anonymous

    A wonderful explanation of life. Your graphics are always creative and tell the story themselves.
    Joan B.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thank you for your kinds words. :-)

  • Dan Meyers

    I like how you say our time in life is meant to be exploited. That's so true; it's such a gift for us to get to spend time here on Earth, and we should take advantage of it!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Dan, It’s hard not to take life for granted when we are all wrapped up in our day to day stuff. The key is stop, take note and enjoy what we have at that time. :-)

  • Margaret Duarte

    I love this. The visuals help put it all (life) into perspective. I can't help but wonder how long it takes you to make all this wonderful illustrations. Nice job.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Margaret. You are so sweet. It all depends on the illustration and its complexity. Some can take an hour or two where some can take up to a week. Thanks for asking. :-)

  • Susan Cooper

    Thank-you all for your comments. All of them means a great deal to me.

    One thing I was asked by a reader was what the days meant in my illustration. Here is what it represents. If you live a 100 years times 365 days + leap year days it equals 36,525 days in our life. For me that is NOT a very big number and pushes me to really think about what I am are doing with my life.

    To coin a phrase … the journey continues :-)

  • Anonymous

    I really like your road in life illustrations and comments for each one. They really give you something to think about.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks so much for your thoughts. :-)

  • Shirla6960

    The bizarre thing about life is we recognize each person should "stop and smell the roses", "spend each day as if it were our last", and "daily tell those who matter that they matter". In reality, the flip-side is more apt to occur. Showing the break down of days we have, more or less, should be a WAKE-UP CALL!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Shirla, It really is when you take moment to realize this time has pasted and I well never get it back again. :-)

  • Elizabeth

    I remember once sitting in a meeting and you saying that from the minute we are born our life to coming to a close. As hard as that was I know you were trying to get us to focus on making each day the best we could. That lesson has always stayed with me. Along the road of life there are so many stops. Each one is a life’s lesson. I can truly say that meeting you and being in your life has made my journey memorable.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Aw Elizabeth that goes both way. I remember that meeting clearly. I do hope I was able to make a difference not matter how small or large. :-)

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  • Jon Jefferson

    Your drawings here made me think of Life the game. I really was expecting to see peg people driving the car.

    It’s true, all we have in life are our choices. Even making no choice and doing nothing is still a choice. In the end we are all headed in the same direction.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jon, I remember that game. How right you are when you say no choice is in fact a choice. Sometimes we just need to make a move forward. Life will move anyway, so making our own choices instead of leaving it up to chance sounds like abetter idea to me, :-)

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    I admire how some of the signs are grayed, while others are bright. Was this conscious or subconscious or something in between? I’m assuming the darker ones are the harder ones, the trials and tribulations of life. A friend pointed out that she 1) has never been married and 2) has had a hard time holding down a job. She would have great difficulty in looking at this chart. As an outsider to her life, I see she does have a good capacity for friend-making. In terms of my own life, I have been pleasantly surprised in recent years at what makes me happy or smile. It’s not necessarily what I would have thought. Sometimes the right comment on my blog or a nice exchange with my daughter gives me a smile. A recent evening (actually, two hours) alone with my husband was wonderful.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Leora, How observant you are. It was a conscious thing I did when I review the piece before I finished. I’m so with you. It’s the people, the little things and simple everyday pleasures that warm our heart and make us smile that make it all worth while. :-)

  • http://www.patricia-weber.com Patricia Weber

    Love the graphics on this one Susan. The thing is as human beings, we are sometimes taken off course for whatever reason, those “struggles” you drew. And each of us is going to work through that struggle in our own way, in our own time. The important thing in my mind is that once we are back on the journey, to move forward with a lesson from that struggle. Journey on! Thanks Susan.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Patricia, Thanks so much. So true so true, We all have a road of our own with detours and all manner of challenges. The key is know we’re off track, do a course correction and learn from it. :-)

  • http://casuallycassi.blogspot.com/ Cassandra Schmigotzki

    The graphics remind me of the game of Life. There are times I still think things are moving too slowly (not on my timetable). I don’t think I cared as much about that when I was younger.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cassi, I smiled when I read you thoughts about “not on my timetable”. I think we all push hard to squeeze a bit more time for ourselves. :-)

  • Alison at Diamond-Cut Life

    I’m all for appreciating every moment. I do think we need to actively give back, especially in the second half of our lives. You are especially good at doing that, Susan.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Alison, Wow what a nice thing to say. I do try in some small way. Life is not always easy. If we can find a moment to appreciate the present beauty it can make a world of difference. :-)

  • Jacs Henderson

    What a totally lovely post, and amazing what memories are evoked just moving along your signposted road above
    My unexpected detour is my Business! I’d never have thought it, coming from my traditional background, I must have taken one of your Forks in the Road – it just shows what can pop-up!!
    We must enjoy our journey :)
    Thank you again for a beautiful story Susan
    Jacs

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jacs, You are os welcome. I’m with you there. I too have taken a pretty major detour form my very traditional background. Life is funny that way but oh what an adventure it all is. :-)

  • Dan Meyers

    Oh how limited time is… the challenge is to balance the need to plan/save/invest long term for your future and “living it up” for today!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi dan, It is a finite commodity. the fact is we really don’t even now how much we have. We can only guess at it at best. So living every moment to the fullest should be our top priority. :-)

  • Jason Butler

    Great post. I agree that the old we get the faster the time goes.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jason, Even though it’s an allusion but it still feels very real, don’t you think?

      • Jason Butler

        Yes. It feels very real. I can remember when I graduated college as if it was yesterday. Its been 5 years.

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          Aw yes, how “time flies” by. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    Hi Susan: Your post is timely for me. I took most of the summer off, to just enjoy time with family, friends, hubby, and our new kitten. Summer is short where we live, and the kitten is growing so fast. I took time to just enjoy our lovely yard and proximity to the lake and enjoy life in the slow lane. Now that the Sept long wkend has come and gone, I’m easing my way back into the driver’s seat, and realize I already have a lot of events on my plate for the rest of this year. The whole key is to take everything in perspective and not get too wrapped up in the professional side of life because it’s the rest of it that matters more. Cheers!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Doreen, I am so glad to hear that you were able to do that. Easing back in isn’t easy is it. I so agree with you regarding keeping everything in perspective. That is also not an easy thing the do. Darn it anyway… LOL.

  • http://broadcastingsunny.blogspot.com/ Broadcasting Sunny

    Thanks for the reminder. I sometimes panic that I’m not knowing what I’m doing but I think if I remember to live in the present, live right now, everything is ok.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Sunny, The fact is we all need to find a way to enjoy our life. Taking to time do that is so important and not as easy as you would think, huh. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Time holds special meaning for me. This really illustrates very well how we view time and how we should value it. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, I truly believe time is our most precious possession. We do forget that sometimes. :-)

  • Catarina Alexon

    You know, Susan, I am not sure we are meant to know what our destination in life is or why we are here.

    Sometimes dream things and they happen so the future already exist. So why don’t we know? Most likely because if we did we would stop making an effort and not learn, or develop, in life.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Catarina, I agree with you. If we knew what was in store in our future we would simply stop growing. The fact is we can change our course with a simple decision that could change our life in a very profound way. In the end it is so important to enjoy our journey as best we can for as long as we have.

  • http://www.m4bmarketing.com Susan Oakes

    I recently read we are where we are supposed to be at the moment. I don’t always know why things happen but I learned long ago to enjoy each moment and the journey because the destination may be very different to what you thought.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Susan, It does seem to all work out doesn’t it? I believe we never really know the impact we have on the world where other can see it clearly because we are too busy living it. :-)

  • http://necessityofchange.com Mary Stephenson

    The older I get the more I realize how much I have yet to do. Then I have a setback and can’t continue (broken wrist) and everything comes to a halt. Perhaps I have something yet to learn and only the stillness can make it happen. Is it a time for appreciating (I think so) and is it a time for discovering healthier alternatives (yes on that one also). Being grateful it wasn’t worse or permanent is another thought. Also had time to think about a greater purpose. Hate to waste time, but sometimes we just need to slow down and ponder.
    Love your graphics.

    Mary

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Mary, I had that happen to me. It was awful but it made me slow down and smell the roses. It was something I needed and didn’t know it at the time. So I would say you’re right. It’s the universe telling you to take break and see what comes of it. Be well and I do hope your wrist heals well very soon. :-)

  • http://www.garrettspecialties.com/ Arleen Harry

    When I first heard the statement
    Life Is Like A Roll Of Toilet Paper The Closer It Get To The End The Faster It Goes.

    I didn’t understand what that meant until I got older and both now I can relate. After many of the things I have experienced in my life, I now wake up everyday and say Thank God I am alive and today is an opportunity.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I love that analogy Arleen. One could conjure up all kinds of things with that… LOL. In all seriousness, I too can relate and feel exactly the same way. :-)

      • http://www.garrettspecialties.com/ Arleen Harry

        Susan- I am the queen of analogies.

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          And I do love that about you. :-)

  • http://about.me/jeevanjacobjohn Jeevan Jacob John

    Loved the video, Susan :)

    Life goes fast. I can’t believe that 2013 is almost over. I have no regrets for this year, I did more than I have done in the past. I start devoting time to learning new skills and new languages – and I am glad that I did :D

    Like you mentioned, time is to be taken advantage of or exploited. It doesn’t wait for anyone. So, use our time wisely.

    I enjoy my life – love all parts of it. Sure, I have made mistakes, but those mistakes have taught me great and valuable lessons that I can’t gain from any school.

    Thank you for the post, Susan :)

    Btw, how have you been? I have been taking a long vacation from blogging; I just back a week ago. Hope you are doing well :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks so much Jeevan, Mistakes are all part of it. Life is not a contest or a repeat event. We do forget that sometimes, don’t we?
      I been well and welcome back to the blogosphere. It’s hard to stay away isn’t it. :-)

      • http://about.me/jeevanjacobjohn Jeevan Jacob John

        Indeed :)

        It is hard to stay away from blogging. I have wanted to come back (like you mentioned, we have to enjoy life, don’t wait :D), and now seemed to be the best opportunity :D

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          Breaks are always a good thing and very necessary at times. I look forward to your future posts. :-)

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    What a fabulous video, and very timely, to coin a phrase : ) I think our society is obsessed with worrying about tomorrow – and while it’s wise to be prepared for the future, we need to spend more time enjoying the present, the now. Earning more money or losing more weight isn’t necessarily going to make you happier – what if now, today, what if *this* is happy? We need to realize that!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Well said Krystyna, Thank you my friend. It’s hard when all that we hear and see is focused on the future and possessing more of everything. A little wind in our hair with the top down could’t hurt every now and then. :-)

  • http://writespeaksell.com jeannettepaladino

    Susan — wonderful post and images, as usual. Food for thought. It made me think of lessons learned from Diana Nyad’s triumphant swim from Cuba to Florida. She had 5 detours on that road to personal success. But she never gave up. We can’t let any signpost stop us on our journey through life. That journey is different for everybody.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, Your have to admire her tenacity and determination. It’s so easy to get side tracked or detoured but if we stay focus on what important to us we do find our success in time. :-)

  • http://savio-rebelo.blogspot.com/ Savio Rebelo

    This is a very nice illustration. :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks so much Savio. :-)

  • http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/ Lorraine Marie Reguly

    Love this! It reminds me of my mind-mapping post from the other day…

    How did you make these illustrations? Is there a free program anyone can use, or do you have to buy it? Sigh. Please say “free”.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Lorraine, I hadn’t thought of that but your right. The program I used is called iDraw. Unfortunately it isn’t’ free. There are other vector drawing tools out there that are but they don’t have quite to sophistication level of iDraw’s software.

  • StephB

    Your illustrations have been great in a few of your recent posts! I sometimes get so caught up in the idea of planning and predicting that I don’t enjoy the little victories day to day, the suggestion to use what time we have wisely reminds me to stop wasting it on worry and uselessly predicting. “

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Steph, Thanks for your kind words. It is SOOO easy to get caught up in the day to day worries, isn’t it? The hard part is stop and reflect on what a wonderful world. Sometimes I’m successful, where other times not so much. :-)

  • http://yourlifebetter.net/ Darrell

    Susan, Beautiful sentiments to match your fantastic illustrations! I know I have a really bad habit of always being anxious for the next thing. I’ve been like that since I was a yougin and it’s a hard one to break. But I’m working on it!

    Thanks for the reminder.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Darrell, It’s hard when you’re hard wired to do some things. I too am always looking to “what’s next”. When we’re that way, we rarely allowing ones self to enjoy the moment or the current success. When we do, its like magic. That said I’m with you, I keep trying too. :-)

      • http://yourlifebetter.net/ Darrell

        Thanks, I always appreciate your support and encouragement!

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          That goes both ways my friend. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    It’s so true that time speeds up as we age. I also think having children making time go faster as well. They are living time clocks that just make time fly.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      How true that is Krystle. It seems so odd that for our kids time is slow but for us it zips by… LOL. :-)

  • Grace

    I find this time of year to be a new beginning as much as January is! Obviously it is due to years and years of September being the start of a new school year. It is a great time to look back at the year and take a look at where we are and where we want to go, and then set up an action plan for achieving them!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me too Grace. As you know I was a teacher and September was (and still is) a time of reflection. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    Like Grace I find September like the start of something new, much more so than January. It could be a throw back to school days or the fact that I always seem to start new jobs around this time of year, whatever it is, it makes you reflective and I think that’s a good thing. there is nothing quite so sad as wasting your time doing things you won’t value later when you could be having the time of your life. As always, I enjoy your podcasts and the things they make me contemplate. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks so much Debra. It please me so that you gain some pelasure otu what I create. :-))).

      I think September signifies a good many things. the beginning of a school year, new job, going into the last seasons of the year. in any case it seems to be a great time to take stock of our lives. Whenever we do it, stopping to reflect on our lives, what we have done and what would like to do is a good thing. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I just try to spend my time doing the things that bring me the greatest joy. Granted, all of our lists are different, but the key is learning how to really listen and march to the beat of our own drummer.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me too Jeri. Sometimes I’m better at it then others…LOL.

  • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

    The old adage “Life’s too short” is so true Susan. I try to remind myself of that every day.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      That it is. I do too Sherry. Sometimes I do better than others, but I do try. :-)

  • Ann Odle

    Its so true–life speeds by as we grow older; and we don’t even realize it until our time is short.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      As sad as it is, it’s the truth. We do need to pay more attention to the now, don’t we Ann?

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