Regrets, disappointments, dreams that died, old friendships and relationships, the way one looked when younger, the life unlived, the approval never given, the opportunities missed, the ‘if onlys’.
Another place people try to live is in the Future. The Past was really tough, the Present isn’t much easier, but in the Future things will be great! So they put their energy out into the future, into the dreams and hopes they have for when Someday gets here. When they win the lottery, when their ship comes in, when everyone else wakes up, when things somehow get easier.
It’s so easy to lose oneself in days past, and those yet to come. To believe that the magical possibilities that exist are either long gone or have not yet arrived.
The good news is that it’s neither too early nor too late: all possibilities exist right now, in this moment. Here is a list of things that cannot be done in the past or the future, only right now:
Scratch your nose, breathe, eat something delicious, listen to music that inspires, soothes, or makes you want to dance. Say hello to someone, take a walk, smell the earth, look at the sky, feel the sun on your face, sing a song. Call a friend, paint a picture, plant a garden, sweep the floor. Write a story, make lunch, kiss someone you love, try on the clothes in your closet. Write the letter, make the call, meditate. Notice your body, say something nice to it. Put on lipstick, ride your bike, walk the dog. Read out loud, write a poem, take a drive, hear the wind.
Notice the world, from this moment. Every moment leads to the next, and the one after that. In each moment you decide how much of you wants to be here. The great part of this is that the more of you that is here in the present time, the more you can enjoy being in the present time. If you are sitting around wondering why you’re not having fun now, maybe it’s because you’re not here yet.