The passing of time is an unambiguously good thing. There have been periods in my life where I wish time would stop so that I could capture a specific sense of joy or awe, but on the whole I have never felt afraid or sad about progressing through each year of my life.
Time heals painful parts of our past. Time provides the space for new experiences, new people, opportunities and relationships. It allows shame to fall away gracefully, and for reflection on a myriad of types of experiences to fully set in and change your life. It affirms decisions you’ve made as the best path you could have possibly chosen to move forward, or forces you to reckon with mistakes you can then use to learn more about yourself and grow from.
To me, the biggest tragedy in life would be to stay exactly where I am. And what better way to fight stagnation, pain, setback or sadness than to use the passing of time to make our lives stronger, more beautiful and more full of life every single day.