We spend our best years preparing for our worst. We squander our youth and health and potential for the sake of our “golden years”; The time of our lives that are generally typified by deteriorating health , limited physical ability , and a mental tendency to countdown to the end.
Instead of living for the now , we work for the future. This may not apply to those lucky few who found right livelihood and consider their work fulfilling and in accordance with their life purpose. The majority of us back into our jobs , careers and relationships unintentionally ; Unaware of the path that lead there and unmindful of the repercussions that minor choices and happenstance bear upon ones life development. Many people spend much of their time rationalizing and believing in the temporariness of their current situations , not realizing that many of the roads have now been closed to them.
I’m not saying that there is never any possibility to drastically change ones circumstances, life path, or destination, I’m just saying that they rarely do such. A detailed and exhuastive investigation into ones life would sleuth out the reasons and situations that caused someone to be where someone ended up.
Realization of this human propensity is a gift typically given only to those that have had earlier opportunities pass them by. They are generally past that idealic age , that heady time of energy, Idealism, and potential – paired with indecision , inexperience and a lack of wisdom. The attractiveness of youth is sloughed off by the pumice of wisdom. It scratches at the supple skin , slowly catching and dragging its shape downward , removing the shine of idealism and grinding potential to a nub.
Time as water , is the universal solvent. All things are powerless against its eroding effects. It resolves all things given a quantity of it.
Living for the moment doesn’t need to be hedonistic. One just needs to be cognizant of the moment , simple awareness is a step. One must be fearless in regards to making decisions that will cause happiness both in the present moment and the future. Measuring all things by this rule as well as only doing the things that are moral or useful or bring joy. Such is the way to live at any age.
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