As I sit to write this, a couple of thoughts are floating in and will not leave. One is “time keeps on slipping, slipping, into the future.” and the other is “a year from now nothing will look the same.”
I contemplate both and realize that the message coming through is that each moment slips into the next, the future. We can go along being in the moment doing this and that and without notice, we are in the future. We can daydream about our future, make lists of things that we want to achieve and do, yet until we live the present moment we do not arrive at our future. Does our focus on the "lists" have us desiring the future faster? Bucket lists are all the rage (you can google things to put on a bucket list or print off actual bucket lists). Let me tell you that some people's lists are rather extensive, and I wonder if they want to cross each one off, or if they are creating a pie in the sky dream. Perhaps at some subconscious level, they feel the need to have a list just to keep up with the Jones. Those lists project our dreams into someday land and in a sense keep them alive and give us hope.
Someday might never arrive. In the past year, so many have left this earth or have become sick, diagnosis: terminal. It seems that old age is not the most common cause of life ending. I wonder if those who have left knew that time was slipping, or that what troubled them today would no longer cause them stress. There is always a reason to not grab the dream by the hand and make it happen now. Every trouble takes precedent in our life, front, and center.
In contemplating these deep thoughts, I am not melancholy. Rather, it makes me realize that tomorrow is not promised to any of us, and how precious each moment is. I don't have a bucket list, and some days I wonder exactly how productively I spend my time. Each day is filled as I wish to fill it. It must be so, for I am the one doing what fills my days.
Bucket lists or no, time keeps on slipping, slipping into the future! Make each day great, appreciate every detail, and understand that what you experience today will only be around for a short period. Next year at this time, on this very date, you will be living a whole different life.
So grab your sweater and set off on as many adventures as you can this month. Fill your time doing what you love. Mostly enjoy this moment, the one you are in right now, for all on its own the future will soon enough be the present.
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.