As the year 2008 draws to a close, it's sometimes daunting to think that a year could just whoosh by and most of the time, we're just too pre-occupied with our daily lives, routines and struggles to notice it. While the expression that time waits for no man holds true, we always have the option of slowing down and savoring the moment and each day that passes by.
Ask yourself this, how often have you barely remembered most of what had transpired when the year ends? A lot of the time, we're just too held down by what has gone in the past, or sink our thoughts and emotions in worry and wonder of things that will inevitably appear in the future. So much so that we neglect to notice the present and embrace the moment. Sometimes, a wondrous or horrid experience might strike and force us to pause and acknowledge the present. Sometimes, we choose to block out moments of anguish and despair, but I think that to live in the present is to embrace everything that comes our way and take things within our own stride.
Everyone handles situations, good or bad, in their own unique way. But it is the memories of these moments that we often hold dear and should not be forgotten. Memories are the colors that paint the white canvas of our lives and when all is in the past, it is what connects us to the different stages in the journey of our lives. Good memories can bring silent joy and warmth to our hearts, as we fondly caress its sweet moments and perhaps, carve a silly smile on our faces as we reminisce. Bad memories might bring deep sorrow, bury us in guilt or embarrassment, make us suddenly swell with anger or sink with remorse, but it is inevitable in everyone's lives. But having bad memories can make us better, force us to improve and help us learn not to fall into the same hole twice . That which does not kill you, will only make you stronger.
Our journey in life is always far from perfect, and it is these imperfections that make our lives individually unique. Many will say that life is like a race, which we cannot choose where we start. That is very true, some might start behind or ahead of us. But what truly matters is how we choose to end it. What truly matters is how we push on to finish it. We only have one life, make the best of it.
So, random ramblings aside, my point is:
1. Live in the present and embrace the moment. Don't dwell too much in the past and let the future worry about itself. What matters is NOW, make the best of it.
2. Memories, good or bad, are both necessary. The good make us grateful and happy as we re-live it. The bad help us learn and grow to prepare for the times ahead, and keep us grateful for the good that we have.
3. Don't fret too much over how or where we started in life, for it is not ours to control. What matters is how we choose to live it.
I think these few points are seldom remembered by most people, myself included. Looking forward to a new year =)