I look at my younger cousins. A few are in high school or younger. I think back to when I was that age. Knowing that it'll never be that way again saddens me. I wish the past wasn't 20/20.
“Ah, to be young and foolish,” to be without major responsibilities again, to have no bills, to just live. I am glad to have those memories but wish I'd taken the time to enjoy them more at the time. I think about how I'd have my younger self avoid certain pitfalls or provide better tools in dealing with it.
Life is never what we expect it to be but it's all worth cherishing. The journey is often so much better than the reward. I think about my own job. Certainly, I like it when a project is complete. However, I gain the most by going through the process to completion. It's a lot like driving to and from work. A lot of times you only remember getting in and out of the car. However, on the days you take the time to appreciate it, you then see the beauty of the landscape, notice the changes of it over time, relish the beauty and uniqueness of our experience. That isn't to say that everything requires us to linger. It does mean that before you know it another year or decade rolls by and you somehow missed it.
Things happen “all in due time” and there's no reason to get “all bent out of shape” about it. It's as Monty Python says, “always look on the bright side” of life. It doesn't hurt to “stop and smell the roses.”
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