Thinking About Time – Farewell to a Good Friend
Tonight, I’m thinking about time. The amount of time that we spend on this earth – aware of ourselves and our surroundings - seems extremely short when you compare our lifespan to the age of our universe. Some estimate the age of our universe to be around 13.7 billion years. There seems to be a disconnect. How could the universe be so old and our lifespan so short? Why can’t we all live longer – to enjoy our family and friends for hundreds if not thousands of years? It’s not like the universe is going to end quickly so that our lives have to end quickly as well, right?
What hurts is when a normal lifespan gets cut short. I lost a good friend this past week. He was only on this Earth 51 years. He was taken from us early by a disease we haven’t figured out how to cure yet – cancer. I will miss him. Despite the fact that we spent high school and college together, despite the fact that our families became close friends and spent many years together - we didn’t have enough time.
The Theory of Relativity allows for time to be relative - to slow down as you approach the speed of light. My friend was able to do more in his short life than many of us ever hope to accomplish in a normal lifetime. He was a great husband and father and he raised two beautiful daughters. He influenced the lives of many people – people he worked with and played with.
He was very good at traveling at the speed of light.
God Speed Greg.
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