“The truth is, I now don’t
travel back at all.
Not even for the day.
I just try to live every day as if
I’ve deliberately come back to this one day
to enjoy it as if it was the full final day
of my extraordinary, ordinary life.
We’re all travelling through time together
every day of our lives.
All we can do is do our best
to relish this remarkable ride.”
-ending words from About Time –
I love a movie that has me crying in the credits.
I love a movie that makes me feel something, opens my eyes, unclenches my heart.
About Time is a movie in which a man finds out he can travel back in time to fix anything he wants, and by the end of the movie, he realizes life is already perfectly beautiful – imperfections and all.
Of course, you know me. I had to relate this to my life and figure out how I could apply what I just learned. Then I realized… I am already pretty darn good at this (and I rarely say that about things.) I think there’s always room for improvement, but I can truly say that whether a good or bad day, I always have the big picture in mind. I always find the parts of the day that weren’t awful. Or that were totally, heart-wrenchingly awful and then embrace them as signs that i’m still alive, still feeling, still learning.
I believe it starts by realizing you are mortal. It’s perhaps the scariest thing to think about, but also will free you from the imaginary chains society has put on you. It’s incredible to realize that each day is unique, even if it’s extremely ordinary. Those days are just as beautiful as the celebrations of weddings, birthdays, and holidays.
I also make sure I incorporate play into my day. I am an expert of play-time. Why? I know that if this was ever my last day on Earth, I would want to know that I did something fun the day before. Whether that means staying up until 3 am when I shouldn’t, taking a long nap to procrastinate the inevitable pile of homework, or opening all the windows and blasting the loudest remix of my favorite song with my friends while we drive around our college town aimlessly. Yes, especially that.
Our time on this beautiful Earth is truly a gift that should be cherished. Whatever it is you choose to do with your days, do it with all your heart. Find the fun in the ordinary. That is something i’ve gotten good at — bringing life and love to ordinary things like a trip to the Union to go study, or by spending the extra hours with my friends just talking about nothing spectacular but still important.
That’s what I aim to do with my life every single day … REALLY live it. Not simply go through the motions, but to really feel and throw myself into each day.
Sometimes it’s the moments when you think nothing is getting done where you realize you are truly living.
The seemingly insignificant moments of the day are what string together our lives into the beautiful masterpiece we call life. Make sure you don’t miss it 🙂