Marie Louise McConville: Home Alone star's milestone birthday has left me feeling the passage of time
Time is a funny old thing.
We live our lives every day, going through the usual routines and then suddenly, in the flash of an eye, a month or a year or a decade has passed and we didn't even notice.
Now that we have reached September, the countdown to Halloween and Christmas is well and truly on.
This week, a conversation with a friend turned my attention to Christmas movies.
My kids love festive films like The Snowman and Arthur Christmas, but are particular fans of the old Disney Christmas cartoons featuring Mickey, Donald and the naughty chipmunks.
However, I would I like to start getting them into Christmas classics like Home Alone, which feels like it just came out yesterday.
So, you can imagine my surprise this week when I learned not only did the movie come out in 1990 - that's 30 years ago folks - but it's baby-faced star, Macaulay Culkin celebrated his 40th birthday last month.
I'm sure I am not the only person that was shocked by this. I just couldn't get over it.
The much-loved child star actually took to Twitter to say: "Hey guys, wanna feel old? I'm 40. You're welcome.
"It's my gift to the world: I make people feel old. I'm no longer a kid, that's my job," he added.
I just couldn't get my head around it.
How did it even happen?
That little blond cutie, who we all felt so sorry for as he hilariously fought off the `Wet Bandits' and saved Christmas, is now 40?
My head has been pickled.
And then it just continued to get worse.
Eighties pop icon Debbie Gibson, who I just loved when I was young because of her cool fashion sense and amazing dance routines, turned 50 this week.
In 1987, when I was just 10-years-old, a teenage Debbie Gibson released `Shake Your Love', and I was just obsessed.
She had the coolest denim jacket in the video and her hair was loosely curled and so bouncy.
In the years that followed, I tried to get my hair to sit the same but never could.
How on earth can that young girl who wore fun waistcoats and hair bands and funky lace gloves be 50?
I have never felt so old.
Of course, let's not forget Sean Connery, who turned 90 - yes 90 - last month.
I have to say, it has all made me realise that time stops for no-one.
Every grain of sand will keep falling no matter who you are, what you are doing or where you are.
I guess we can only take on board what Debbie Gibson said on celebrating her milestone birthday on Monday.
When asked about her younger self, she said: "If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to worry less and enjoy more".
We'll try and do just that.
The X Factor may not return to our screens next year.
Launched on ITV in 2004, the long-running singing competition was 'rested' this year following a decline in ratings.
Now, ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo has admitted he isn't certain if boss Simon Cowell will bring his show back to screens in 2021 as there are no 'definite' plans in place.
He said: "It's not definitely returning, it might return".
I have to say, I'm glad it's taking a break.
I think it needs a good five years off TV in order to return with a bang.
Take note Mr Cowell.
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