I was reading a very good article tonight about 5 lessons of life. Most of which you don’t figure out until you are older yet seem very obvious. A dear family friend sent it to me. And while all definitely are true and resonated, one stuck out to me this evening. It is the notion that everything is temporary. And it is so true.
Everything is temporary. As I wind down from two weeks in Croatia…which was absolutely breathtaking….I really come to appreciate this lesson of temporary. I had a few temporary moments. That beautiful sunset, swim in the Adriatic Sea, and the sun hitting my face as I ride on a boat in Montenegro….those were all moments in time. And I feel so very lucky for those moments. It also reinforces staying present! I will never get to experience those exact moments again.
On the opposite spectrum, this notion gives me comfort in some ways that everything is temporary. Any pain, hurt, or loss you feel in life is also only temporary. Life keeps moving. And strong emotions you feel that are negative (as well as positive) are temporary.
Everything has an expiration date. So it reminds me to take it all in stride. Jobs are temporary. Your current age. Your current income level. Your current stressors. Your wardrobe (thank goodness when you look back on some of your choices). Partners are temporary….some last a lot longer than others. The joys and laughter in a current moment. Your time with your family. I could keep going on and on.
The point being, enjoy it while you have it. Enjoy and embrace the good times. And breathe and keep moving during the bad times…..As this to shall pass.
So as I get ready to go back to work tomorrow, I am thankful for being able to keep extending my temporary time on life to see so much. And I hope my journey takes me to some more beautiful places and I experience many more highs and lows. Why lows? The lows are what build the character and make you appreciate the good times. It means I am feeling and experiencing this journey we are on. And the lows are also moments created by taking a chance on love or taking a risk in life.
I hope I keep breathing, put one foot in front of the other, always travel, and keep my head up so I can see all the life/world around me. I hope you do as well.
Here are a few pictures from my trip. Enjoy…..