Life Is Now So Let's Begin

Life Is Now So Let's Begin

Until we're climbing up those Tibetan mountains, life is now. This is life.

Ghost of years past

Trying to remember my childhood is getting harder and harder and that scares the heck out of me to be completely upfront with you. When I reminisce I find myself with less and less to go on and sometimes I think my brain must be getting too clogged with all of this unimportant information in the grand scheme of my life and what should be at the forefront of the file cabinets in my brain, like what others are doing on social media or what kind of bird flew past the window the other day. It was a great blue heron, for your information. And all of that is fine and well, except for when I think it's giving me some retrograde amnesia over here.

But sometimes I'll find myself remembering bits of the past, like that time that stands out to me from when I was six; I was helping my mom re-mulch the garden beds, sitting on the stacked high bags like the princess and the pea, except with mulch, singing "American Pie" with my mom at the top of our lungs until I said the lyric "mortal soul" as "moldy soul" and my mom laughed for a year. Literally a year, she's probably still laughing honestly. Maybe that was the best year of my life. Maybe that was the best memory. Or maybe seventh grade was the best year when I dressed up as Alexander Calder and made a mobile to hang from my presentation board in all primary colors. Very "La-La-Land" now that I think about it.

Ghost of years present

The other day one of the best people in my world made a video and captioned it with the quote "do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?-every, every minute?" ( from Thornton Wilder, super sick name, my guy). And I realized, no, we probably don't. We're always waiting for something to begin. Waiting for the new year to start our diet, waiting for the check to come to buy the new gadget, waiting for someone to text you back. But these are trivial waiting periods. The waiting that really does us dirty in this game of life is waiting for your life to begin. It's like what Rapunzel said in the best movie ever, Tangled, when she crooned "when will my life begin" out her tower window.

And okay, Rapunzel, I get that your case might be a little different, what with the fact of being trapped a few hundred feet up in the sky for most of her youth but for the rest of us, our life is happening. Right now. This is life. When you sort your whites from your brights or pick out the best deal from the array of cheerio look-alikes in the cereal aisle, that is life. When I think of living, I tend to think of jumping out of airplanes over a volcano in Hawaii and scaling mountains in Tibet. Which, don't get me wrong, sounds like the best kind of life ever. But until then, life is now. So it's our job to live it, remember it, recognize it, and cherish it with everything we've got. And maybe this is the best year of my life, too. While I'm still just out here sorting the whites and the brights.

Ghost of years yet to come

I'll end this with the best of intentions for these elusive years to come. May every year be the best year, may each and everyone hold memories that cannot be replaced, not by anything. May we be present and aware of our lives and our actions, and may we live to the fullest of our abilities. May we all love a little more. May we all hug a little more. Because it's all about love, really. Loving where you're at, loving who you're spending your life with, loving yourself, loving this earth. It's all love.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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7 Questions I Think About Before Bed Every Night

Why sleep when you can question life?


Every night, I lay down for bed completely exhausted but once my head hits the pillow, all these insane questions come to mind. Life is full of what ifs and whys that'll never be answered but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be questioned. If anything, we should question life more and then maybe, we might find the answers we're looking for.

1. Why is sleep necessary?

There are 24-hours in a day and part of that is meant to be dedicated to sleep but with classes, work, and trying to have a social life, sometimes there just isn't enough time in a day. I'm constantly wondering where time goes because there never seems to be enough of it. It's 6 a.m. one moment and 10 p.m. the next. Like what? I constantly have more work to do than a day can possibly hold. Thus, sleep deprivation occurs and stress follows. So, ultimately wouldn't it be better if we didn't have to sleep or even if we could sufficiently function with less sleep?

2. Why can't information be inputted into our brains?

How do four different professors expect us to retain information from four different 700-page textbooks, as well as, remember information they spew at us in lectures? It's not easy or practical. I don't even remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday… It would be a fantastic invention to be able to implant relevant information rather than having to learn it all. Or even if we "learned" it first and then had the missing pieces inputted to ensure its full preservation.

3. Why hasn't teleportation been created yet? 

Guys, it's 2019, where's our awesome advanced technology that the movies said we would have? Transportation sucks and so does the time it takes to get from point A to point B on a daily basis. All I ever see is brake lights when all I want to see is the open road. It would be so much easier to have home teleportation devices that we could whip out at any time. They might be expensive but they'd be useful to get to work and class, to go see friends in other states, and even to go to other countries. No more traffic and no more crazy high gas prices.

4. What if money grew on trees?

This was always a joke when I was younger but wouldn't it be nice if it was actually true? Just like a fruit tree, there could be money trees! You plant a fifty-dollar bill in the ground and out sprouts a whole tree full of bills. Wouldn't that be amazing? No one would have to worry about running out of money because they would have a fresh supply in their backyard. If anything, it's an interesting thought.

5. What if we knew how and when we died? 

If someone walked up to you and handed you a book containing your entire life story, would you read it until the end? Would you want to know how your life ended or would you be afraid of the knowledge? Would it make any difference if we knew this information or would it just cause fear? I would want to know but only if it was possible to change the outcome. If not, I'd rather be left in the dark; no need to stress about something I can't control.

6. Are monsters real?

Yes. They may not look like the monsters depicted in movies but they're definitely real. We don't realize it until it's too late but some of the people standing right in front of us are in fact just like those monsters. They want to destroy everything around them and they don't care who gets caught in the crossfires. Every once and a while, they succeed. Sometimes they can even surface in ourselves and we become the monsters we've always feared.

7. What if animals could talk?

Dr. Doolittle will always be the greatest depiction of this concept. The world would be a weird place if we could fully understand our beloved best friends but I also think it would be a fascinating place. We could actually know what our pets feel and how we can make their lives better. Maybe they could help us fix the problems in the world or maybe they'd want to take over, who knows?

Of course, this isn't an exhausted list but just a few of the questions I have for the world.

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