Just wait until [insert baby/toddler milestone here]. You hear it all the time as a parent. Just wait until she starts rolling over/crawling/teething/talking/walking. The list goes on and on. It got me thinking how future focused our culture is. And not in the good planning for the future kind of way, but in a not living in the present kind of way.
Yes, one day my baby will do all those things. Yes, one day my baby wont be a baby anymore. But why should I spend my time thinking about the days to come? Why shouldn’t I be complete immersed in what is happening in her grand, little world today?
Live for “now” not “when”! In any aspect of your life. We are all so focused on “when” [insert good, bad, ugly, anticipated event here]. So many times we miss the beauty of the moment we are in, because we are chasing the moment in front of us. So much that once we reach the moment we have been chasing, we are already focused on the next thing, and don’t even notice that we arrived where we thought we wanted to be.
This whole life thing is not always easy, sometimes really hard, sometimes oh so beautiful, sometimes not. It is so many things, such a grand experience, why wish it away? Why chase the “when” instead of savoring the “now”.
Today I am one tired mama and I can’t help thinking about the day my daughter will finally sleep through the night. It is taking all my willpower to choose to bask in the day I have been given with her instead of focus on the “when’s” of the future. But trust me, we are having such a better day for it.
Why wish away today. Life is happening NOW.