My View, Mel Hewitt, The world seems to be getting faster

Left to right: Natalie Rush of Rush to Walk, Mel Hewitt CommunityFundraiser St John's Hospice and Gillian Headon of Rush to walk
Left to right: Natalie Rush of Rush to Walk, Mel Hewitt CommunityFundraiser St John's Hospice and Gillian Headon of Rush to walk

Is it me or is everything going faster?
When you are small the summer holidays can feel like a lifetime. An hour waiting for a bus can seem like forever and a 40-minute lesson at school – particularly for me if it was maths – can feel like an eternity.

So, all the theories of time and relativity put to one side for a moment, what happens to time when you get older?

How does the year turn into a swift, rollercoaster ride of highlights and happenings?

Has anybody else had the feeling they may have slept for a month or two like Rip Van Winkle, but nobody is letting on, as suddenly autumn appears after a late spring.

This rush of days seems to be a permanent fixture now, to the extent I am thinking about leaving the Blu-Tack on the wall where the Christmas cards were displayed to make Christmas easier.

In fact, why bother to put the decorations back in the loft or take the Michael Buble seasonal CD out of the car?

Perhaps one of the reasons time stands still when you are a child is you tend to live in the moment.

Consequences, deadlines, the bigger picture and planning ahead generally take more of a back seat.

This ability to seize the day, focus on the now and worry less about tomorrow is such a gift.

Adults of all ages across the world spend a lot of time – ironically – and money trying to achieve this once more.

You only have to look at some old ‘learn to read’ book schemes and the beautifully crafted illustrations of dad sitting in an armchair, pipe lit, reading the paper and mum arranging flowers in a vase, to know the lives we lead today are so different.

The things that have given us more time: washing machines, car ownership and shopping online are also the part of the technology that has made our society and our lifestyle ‘open for business’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The natural lulls in the day are filled more often than not with a mobile phone call or an email.

The TV ending at 11.30pm with a goodnight from the link presenter and a blank screen is not a signal to retire to bed anymore – although, such are the demands of our modern world, I am sure there are many shift workers, or households with babies who appreciate entertainment is available at all hours.

Whether we embrace the old or the new in our hearts, I do believe it’s important to seize the day we have today.

Life will always be a process of gaining and losing, the trick perhaps is to recognise the value of what we have now, every day.

A few words of sincere thanks this week to Natalie Rush and Gillian Headon, of charity Rush to Walk, who donated £1,500 to the hospice Appeal last week – thank you.