Do you remember waking up as a child and realizing you are going to miss the bus if you don’t high tail it out of the house in FIVE minutes? Or perhaps you stayed up a little too late one night (or more in my case) in college and you had to sprint to class just to make it with a few seconds to spare? Jeesh, even as an adult, I bet you have experienced the feeling of almost being late but because timing was just right… you made it.
Timing is everything, isn’t it? I am sure that there were instances when you didn’t make the bus, make it to class, or you hit the worst part of traffic on your way to work. Timing is everything.
I recently watched the movie “About Time” with Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. In one sentence I can sum up this movie: The romance-ish movie is about a man (Gleeson) who can travel back in time if he feels it is necessary throughout his life. Okay, that may be a bit vague. For this blog post, though, it is all you need to know.
Wouldn’t that be cool? If you missed the bus, if you did something silly on a first date, or a loved one dies, you could change all of that to make life the way you want it to be (sort of). Lately, I have found myself in a lot of these scenarios. Something went wrong, so I want to go back and “redo.” Someone came into my life at the worst possible time… so I want to go back and meet them sooner. You know the scenarios.
Throughout our lives, we will continue to suffer from cases of bad timing. We will continue to thrive from cases of great timing. I am struggling to accept this, especially with circumstances that have presented themselves to me over the past few months. My advice to you, and to myself, is to believe that things will work out for the best and to live in the moment.
Living in the moment is truly life changing. This became eminent to me when I witnessed those close to me changing for the better after instilling this philosophy in their lives. One person in particular is not perfect, although her social media posts may lead you to believe this, lol. She continues to have good days and bad days like all of us. Her demeanor is admirable, though, because she is care free, lives in the moment, and does not dwell on the “not so great” timing.
Another person, who I have referred to in the past (and is a television character), said a great quote that I am sure has been said a number of times before in real life. “The only way to true happiness is to live in the moment, and not worry about the future.” Thanks for more advice Carrie Bradshaw!
I have found that I do not live in the moment… ever. I only live in the moment if I know for sure that things will work out in a somewhat predictable manner. I will be the first to admit that the future and timing scare me. In an attempt to predict the future, I try to “beat” timing through preparation and learning from my past. In doing this, I have not truly immersed myself in the moment. That changes now.
In life, timing will sweep me off my feet or knock me down to my knees. Timing may be “everything,” but it does not have to dictate my level of happiness. I repeat this for myself and for those of you who need to hear it: Believe that things will work out for the best and, of course, live in the moment.