Every time I think I’ve figured it out, something changes. In my lifetime, I will know the total of nothing. Life will go on, more will be discovered or figured out. How fascinating!
My great-grandmother lived to be 93. I interviewed her when I was in middle school for a paper I was writing. She remembered riding in a horse and buggy, not having a television, walking to a one-room schoolhouse and so many other things that I had only heard of in books.
As a child of the ’80s, I remember the first time I used AOL Instant Messenger. I remember using the card catalog at the library! My child will never experience these things, but he will go on to have his own experiences that his children will only be able to read about (in some virtual reality form!).
Someone once told me “The days are long, but the years are short”. Isn’t this so true? Even though some days feel like an eternity, they go by quickly. All of a sudden, it’s been 10 years.
Even in death, we live on in the memories of others and the influence we’ve had in others’ lives. We are never in total.