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If I Could Save Time

Jim Croce
Too soon gone

Many of you, if you’re more mature, might recognize that line from Jim Croce’s hit, “Time In A Bottle.”

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do …”

I’ve always loved this song, because I’ve always felt the meaning of it deeply.

This isn’t one of those blogs where I point at famous people who have passed away and tell everyone that this person or that had ADHD. I’m not a doctor and the diagnosis requires that both a doctor and a patient be present.

But …

Mr. Croce’s lyrics speak to me on many levels.

First, there is a sense of regret about time that has past by. “There never seems to be enough time to do the things that you want to do once you find them.”

And then

The idea, that contemplating time will help us understand it, is not foreign to me at all. I still feel like any day now I’m going to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I know, that sounds funny. I’m sixty years old. But the truth is that while you laugh, in my heart I’m saying, “No, I’m serious. I don’t know what I want to do with my life.”

Sad face!

Okay, the truth is actually that I want to do everything with my life. And I’ve made a great start. I’ve done so many different things to make a living, and I love that I have all these experiences. I have never been bored for long.

And I’ve spent lots of time at various hobbies and activities that were just done for fun.

Happy face!

But, I still catch myself regretting the things I haven’t done yet.

For instance, I’ve never run for public office. I’m well aware that I’d be great at that.

The running, that is, I’m a showman. I could likely get myself elected.

But I’d be terrible in office. If I do run, promise me you won’t vote for me, okay? Thanks.

There is one thing about time …

I’m more at ease with time these days. And there’s a secret in Jim Croce’s song that explains that.

Time In A Bottle is a love song. “I’ve looked around enough to know that you’re the one that I want to go through time with.” is one of the lines that hits home.

And I’m at a point in my life where there is someone here with me that fits that line. And I’m happy.

The song says …

IF I could save time …”

That’s the first words of the song. And I have lived long enough to know that I can’t.

And the other thing I know is that wishing for that possibility is wasting my time.

So here’s my plan

I have ADHD, which means that I have trouble with time management. We call it time blindness.

But if I had already saved all the time in a bottle, than I’d be pouring it out now, right? So let’s pretend that that’s what is happening.

And as it pours out, I’m enjoying it. And now that I look back, I realize that what I want to do with my life is, “everything I can.”

And so that’s what I’m working on.

And look, I had just enough time to tell you about that. 😉

If I Could Save Time

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). If I Could Save Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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