My greatest fear is that I will reach the end of my life and realize I wished away so many of my days... that I spent so much time thinking about where I was going that I forgot to appreciate the beauty of where I was, right then.
That's why I was so excited to take part in Stacy Julian's blog blitz, Be Here Now. Stacy asked a group of bloggers to document one ordinary day and find the beauty and grace in the process. She even sent us these adorable tiny little albums to house our photos. Here's what I came up with:
My belief is that we often wait to tackle our dreams until... until we're thinner, smarter, richer, more talented, braver, stronger, blah blah blah. But the problem with that is, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED RIGHT NOW.
No one is better equipped to live your dreams than you are. And no one is better able to tell your story than you are. The moments you are living right now, today, are just as important as the ones you lived when you had a 25" waist and are just as important as the ones you will live when the kids are out of the house and you finally have time to think.
This is it, my friends. If you wait until tomorrow to take the picture, make the page, pursue the dream, there are no guarantees that life will be any better suited to your pursuits than it is right now.
That's an important point, so I'm going to say it again: THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES.
But that is what makes life exciting! We wouldn't watch the trapeze artists with our hearts in our mouths if we knew there was no danger involved. We wouldn't watch American Idol if we knew from the beginning who was going to win. Risk is actually a fantastic byproduct of living!
You stopped by for a little light-hearted chatter, and I'm getting all philosophical on you -- don't you love it?
Anyway, all that came from doing a little album. Ten snapshots. Fifteen minutes to pull it together.
Now it's your turn:
"You have everything you need right now to be vibrant and fully engaged in the creative process. Join me and dozens of other scrapbookers in a challenge to 'Give Yourself a Present.'
-Snap 10 pictures of your life right now
-Compile these photos into a really small mini-album
-Keep or carry this album with you for one year (in your desk drawer is fine)
-Promise to glance through it every time you stumble upon it
-On October 1, 2009, create a scrapbook page about your experience.