Ever find yourself thinking about the past or the future? Have you ever realized now is the right time?
When I was a kid, I would count down the days until summer so I could get a break from school. Summer would come and we really wouldn’t do much hence I would miss my friends and school.
When I was 18, I wanted to be 21 so I could legally drink. Once I became 21, I realized being 21 wasn’t all that big of a deal. I didn’t want to be at the clubs all the time partying it up.
When I was 21, I wanted to get married so I could live on my own and make my own rules plus I wanted to “feel” loved. At 22, I bought my first home and got married. I realized life was harder than I had realized being an adult.
I remember when my kids were little and I just wanted them to reach each milestone. My oldest was colicky for 5 months and I kept thinking, “Will this ever end?” My kids are older now and I want them to experience all life has to offer because NOW is the right and only time.
I recall sitting with my mom looking over old pictures of herself from when my siblings and I were younger. She realized how beautiful and thin she actually was. She just didn’t appreciate it at the time.
When my mom was alive, I didn’t think she would die so young. She died at 69 years of age in healthier shape then most people younger than her.
It’s interesting how it seems like instead of capturing the moment, we focus on tomorrow yet tomorrow is not promised.
What if you could actually appreciate the moment you have now regardless of an expectation of what the future holds?
What if you could appreciate yourself now simply because you are you and ever evolving?
What if you could relish in the moments with your children (even when they keep you up from crying all night) at whatever stage they are in?
What if you could give your best on the test now because you knew today could make a difference?
What if you could tell and show someone you loved them because you don’t know when you could get another opportunity?
What if you could actually listen to a conversation rather than be the only one speaking so you could honor the moment with the person you are with?
What if you could get out of your head and simply be?
We all seem to be in an instant gratification phase where we can lose touch with ourselves and those around us. Stop for a second and look around you. Stop and pause. Can you feel your heartbeat?
Can you feel yourself breathing? You are a magnificent vehicle carrying around your most precious possession. How can you fully express and be who you know you are with NO regrets?
Be at peace with the process of life and know all works in your favor. No one said life would be easy but we know it is what we decide it to be. Your “tomorrows” evolve from your “nows”, so make them intentional.
So, when is NOW the right time to start fully experiencing and enjoying life?
Remember, be THE best you ever NOW!