My life starts today, not when I:
- Land a new job
- Buy a house
- Get married
- Have children
- Earn a promotion
- Take a dream vacation
- Pay off my debt
Because when I graduate I will say, “Life will start when I land my dream job.” Then I will say, “I will be able to live the way I want to when I buy a house of my own.” After that I will say, “Once I have someone to share my home with, then I will be happy, and life will be good.” …
Living life today means creating memories with friends at school, feeling the pride of a job well done, enjoying the pleasures life has to offer even while whittling away at debt. Wishing time away to get to the next stage leads to only one place in the end. That is “the end,” and perhaps with luck the end will mean enough time to complete all the milestones in between.
So no, life does not start at some distant point. It starts today and with each minute anew. Staying mindful, staying present. Seeing the worth and beauty of the here and now. Life is only lived in the moment, in truth, there is no other way to live.