We all have those moments where we look to the past and wonder how we ended up in our current destination.
Nostalgia seems to blow in, on the autumn wind, rustling through piles of orange leaves before settling in my chest. Compelled to see old photos and read carefully folded notes, I go out to the garage and shuffle boxes. While I sit on the cold cement floor, I wonder about the people I used to know. I wonder about the person I used to be.
Children have ideas about what they’ll do when they get big. High Schoolers graduate and choose a path.
Life rarely (if ever) goes the way one imagines or plans.
John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” A good friend of mine, who has Down’s Syndrome, once advised me, “Life is Life, Terra. Life is Life.”
Life is Life. At the time I thought, “Huh?” But a few years have past since then and I now think, maybe, I kinda get it. When you’re in a good place in your life, it appears the stars were alined to bring you to that point. By contrast, when things in your life are less than perfect, your mind aches from running scenarios…trying to find where you went wrong. Maybe the happiest people in this world know that both pain and pleasure are temporary, that everything is in flux.
Even when things appear to be stopped, we are moving still.
Maybe the happiest people know that Life is Life. And they breathe in the beautiful moments, knowing that sometimes even memories don’t last. And they exhale the ugly, painful stuff…knowing that, however lasting it feels right then, it is on its way out.
My husband showed me http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/. It’s a music video that was filmed to include the town you grew up in. For nostalgic individuals like myself, this is a must watch!