Reboot

Sometimes, we just want a fresh start. A blank slate. A reboot, if you will.

I suppose I should have relaunched The Babel Machine on Jan. 1, but I’m just glad I’m blogging again. When I first started blogging in 2004, my daughter Sam, who will be 18 this December, hadn’t even turned 3 yet. My wife Ellen was still with her old company. And I was still a tech journalist.

Time flies.

Science actually explains why the years seem to pass by even more rapidly the older we get.

As my idol Steve Jobs said about Bill Gates in 2007 when the two of them were being interviewed on stage, quoting the Beatles song: “You and I have memories/Longer than the road that stretches out ahead.”

So don’t waste time. Don’t fill your life with regrets. Make every day count. One day at a time.

Time waits for no one.

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions anymore. As my wife often reminds me, it’s better to just do things. Instead of saying we’ll do something, just go ahead, take the plunge, make that small change. One day at a time.

Time to move on.

The past is the past. We can’t change the past. What we can do is live in the present, and do what we can to make the future better. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but it’s better than wasting time.

Life isn’t easy, and things will never be perfect, but we can start living the life we want. One day at a time.

As Leo Babauta of Zen Habits puts it: “It’s a beautiful time to reimagine your life.”

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