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We are all time travelers in our own way. 

We tell ourselves that we live in the present, that we can only exist in the now. We've convinced ourselves that our only experiences are linear, cause to effect. Past to present. Present to future.

But this is not true. Many of us travel to the past on a daily basis, wallowing in nostalgia, eating the fruits of yesterday. Others completely live in their past. Setting up a camp, laying down at a traumatic moment and existing only there, never moving forward, never experiencing their own present, their own future.

Others look only to the future, speculating, feeling their life can only start in the future and never now. Waiting, waiting, waiting for their real life to begin. Only in the future after I get married, after I have children, after my children are grown, after I move to New York, LA, Chicago, only then can I chase my dream and become the hero to my own story. Never in the moment, missing all that is good about the now. Some wait too long, awaiting some unknown inciting incident and miss their entire life.

There are those I know that lament their years, are ashamed to admit they are in their late twenties, early thirties, forties, fifties. They pretend they are younger, still relevant to our youth worshiping culture. Never embracing the gift that is now. The person they are, the sum of their experiences.

The fact remains that the best time for us is the present. Right now. This is where we belong. The best time for you to start something new is right now, not tomorrow, not yesterday. The best time for the person that you are is this time,this moment. 

You learn more everyday. You become the person you were meant to be a little more everyday. If this is true then your best days are always ahead of you, don't rush to meet them, don't drag your feet thinking your best is the past. 

Stop the wandering, leave the past, leave the future, plant your feet in the present. Experience this moment. Try something new, set a new goal. Start today. It's the only one you have.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis
1/6/2013 09:22:06 pm

I'm big on trying to live in the "here and now." It's a constant challenge. Good post and reminder.

David Helms
1/16/2013 09:50:46 am

Thanks Dan! The constant challenges are often where the best part of life hides.

1/8/2013 01:35:29 pm

"here and now" is a phrase from Aldous Huxley's Island. That book challenged me as well as made me mad. To be present is difficult for a lot of people, because they haven't learned to be content with where they're at. It's unfortunate.

David Helms
1/16/2013 09:52:54 am

Jake, I enjoy how much we tend to quote old books in our comments on each others Blogs. Being content where you're at can be a daily struggle. I'm not very "Zen" but I've lost years daydreaming about "one day."

1/16/2013 02:43:51 am

I tend to live in the future. Definitely makes me lee content - probably because you picture the future that you desire and so can't help comparing it to the present. Thx for this.

David Helms
1/16/2013 09:55:09 am

Thanks Gary! I found your blog today and I really enjoy it! I grew up in a small town and lost nearly a decade thinking things will be better in the future, completely missing the here and now. I like to think I've learned from that failure, but it's always a work in progress.


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