Gigaseconds

A gigasecond is about 32 years. This makes our lives roughly 3 Gs long; in the first our brains are growing in form, and adding gray cells, and we’re here to pack it with skills and learning. This first third is Intelligence… 
In the second we’re still adding white cells which make connections between things we’ve already learned; synthesizing, creating. We’re here to use the knowledge and skills in ways that are unique to us. This second third is Wisdom.
The third is extra credit. Slightly smiling face We aren’t guaranteed any of these years, but if you get this final third it’s just bonus; and often people get more adventurous with it, you start to live in the day more when the days get short. Do with it what you will.
I’m within a month of heading into extra credit. And the white cells are working OT, trying to process all these things I’ve done/have happened to me. This is… AWESOME. Slightly smiling face This is emotionally equivalent to smelling cinnamon toast when you come down the stairs for breakfast...
I remember my mom calling me for my 40th birthday. We have a very similar sense of humor, my mom and I, and she commented to me, "Well, the years just FLY by from here on out."
And I said, "Well I sure as hell HOPE so mom, because if the next forty years take as long as the last forty years I want off this planet NOW." 
She quite liked that. 
I am so glad I haven't left the planet yet, however exhausted my guardian angel(s) must be at this point. If anyone is listening, I want to say it does get better.

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