Life’s a journey, and you’re sure there’s something wonderful just around the corner… if only you could get there. You’ll have a little more time after the kids grow up and go off to school, but how does that help you today? You’ll have more money once your debts are paid off, but what do you do in the meantime? You know you’ll be happier when you get promoted from ‘general dogsbody’ to ‘actual somebody’, but how do you cope until then?
In other words, how do you live for today when the best is yet to come?
Until all the future fun, you’ve to get through the daily drudgery and overcome all the unexpected obstacles that come hurtling towards you at an alarming rate. It’s tough when you feel like you’re taking one step forward only to stumble two back. Thankfully, it is possible to enjoy the present, even when the future holds so much promise.
How To Live For Today
You see, life is like a round-the-world trip. We’re all heading for the same final destination, but we’ll all get there in different ways. Yes, you could easily hop on a plane and literally fly around the world, sitting back and letting your life pass you by while you’re waiting for the last ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign. It’s certainly a quicker and easier way of doing it, and it would avoid a lot of hassle.
But wouldn’t it be much more amazing to land for the last time knowing you’ve ticked a few trips off your list and had many exciting adventures?
When you start to see every day as a destination, you realise how much potential and opportunity lies in each one. Just as there is wonder and beauty in each village you visit, there is a life-affirming frisson that flows from one day to the next.
Of course, not every day will be daffodils and dance parties. Some may involve a lot of uphill hiking but, oh, how you’ll appreciate the breathtaking sweep of scenery from the peak. Others might see you lacing up your snow boots with frostbitten fingers and facing into the biting wind, but the sun will feel all the sweeter on your face afterwards.
It takes a few slums and crumbling castles for you to truly appreciate the roof you have over your own head.
There is a raw and broken beauty even in the darkest of days, and all you have to do is take notice. Putting your head down and ploughing forward, oblivious to the wonders that surround you, is a little like being on a cruise ship and never leaving your room. You’ll get to the same place as the other passengers, but you won’t have nearly as many stories to tell the grandkids.
Each morning brings a new port, a new opportunity for discovery, a daring new adventure. You can still look forward to tomorrow’s endless possibilities without depriving yourself of today’s exciting potential.
Remember that what you do today dictates how your future will play out. Be an active participant, and steer your life in the direction you want. View each day as a checkpoint, and an exercise in orienting yourself towards the next goal.
So, in the passport of your life, how many stamps will you have in yours?