It Goes By Fast

It was like an angel had delivered a very special message — one that I needed to hear.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.  — Henry David Thoreau

While vacationing in New Hampshire a few summers ago I attended a play at The Peterborough Players. At the front of the barn that houses the playhouse are paved cobblestones engraved with the names and dates of donors. I was not really reading the stones, but one of them caught my eye, and I stopped in my tracks. Instead of a donor’s name, this particular stone had an inscription that reminded me of something incredibly important.

It read, “It goes by fast.”

Reading these simple words took my breath away. They woke me up and made me pause. It goes by fast. My life is flying by, I thought. If I don’t pay attention, I’m going to miss it. What can I do to make time slow down? What can I do to live more fully?

When I started breathing again, I glanced at my then seventeen-year-old daughter. Holy shit, I thought to myself, she is almost out the door! I looked at my wonderful in-laws sailing through their senior years and thought, “Crap, I’m going to be a senior in a blink of an eye!”

I couldn’t shake those words. It was like an angel had delivered a very special message — one that I needed to hear.

Some wise soul paid to put a reminder on that stone, and I am sure that thousands have walked over it, perhaps only a few seeing its powerful message. I feel fortunate enough to have allowed its whisper to find my ear that night.

The meaning of those four words penetrated my soul, and in many ways, woke me up.

Our precious lives go by fast.

In a blink of an eye our children are grown up. In what seems like a flash, we are old. I don’t want to miss any more of my life dwelling on drama. I won’t allow myself to waste my life holding onto opinions or judging others.

I simply want to take time to soak in the experience of my precious life, to lie down in the grass and look up at the stars..I want to suck the marrow out of each moment and experience life with all of my senses.  I want to savor my life and never have the gut-sinking sense that it went by fast. And when I die, I want to discover that I have lived.


Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley, a former pro-skater for Team Rollerblade®, is a yoga teacher, mental strength coach, author, and entrepreneur having devoted more than three decades to movement disciplines and personal transformation.

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Being aware of how fast it goes by is the first step to really enjoying what we have. Savour every moment.

Mrs linda Shaw
Mrs linda Shaw

Lifecis like a carosel, one day it will be time too get off. Life has its ups and downs, just do your best, appreciate, what the wonderful things , it has too offer.

Jo Davis

Such a refreshing read. Thank you!!! You are so present to notice that whisper. Way to rock it out and be real, sharing your experience with us. Too cool.


Enjoy every moment. Somehow, I’m trying to get my head around this when someone hurts you. How do you enjoy that moment ? I am guessing grow from it.


Wow….just yesterday I told a friend that I was lonely. A house full of people, I felt lonely. What’s to feel lonely about? I have everything I need and then some. Thank you for this beautiful message. I’m going to treasure every moment of my life. 🙏🏻❤️

Jo Davis

I’ve been there, love. I totally can relate. I used to believe that talk of self love being woven into every feeling of lack in our lives was total B.S. One day I threw up my hands and said, “Ok already! It’s me! I will work on me!” I began this crazy obsession to become so freaking madly in love with myself that nothing filled my cup like “me” filled my cup. It was all B.S. in the beginning. Self talk about being my favorite person on the planet and “If I were you, I’d want to be me too.” It made me giggle every single time I repeated the thought in my head. “I am made of star stuff and my presence on this planet is a gift to others. I am here to love & serve & lift & feel joy.”
It became fun and took on a whole new level of magic. Using good china for grilled cheese sandwiches and wearing my favorite red rubber boots for no reason at all other than it made me feel happy.
I eventually believed every word. That belief has brought me more love and joy than 8 years of therapy and any external experience on this planet. Maybe this will help you too, love? XOXO

Laurie Lankins Farley

even the pain is worth the living. What a gift to have the earth energy.

Akiroq Brost

Yes! Seize the moment, seize the day. Dive deep into the depths of experience. Cherish and live with gratitude. Tomorrow is not promised, make every day count. <3