But regardless of when the new year begins, the fact remains that we continue to cross our endless numbered days off the calendar. Even those days which seem too dull and unmemorable to amount to much count against our time, unfortunately.
I hadn’t been thinking of the urgency of our lives as of late, I suppose because I’ve been too busy doing other things, just as I’d expect you’ve been too.
But this weekend I saw a friend from high school – someone I doubt I’ve seen since graduation night. I didn’t expect to see him; he happened to be at the same event as me, so there was that element of surprise. And of course, it was nice to catch up, brief as it was. He’d recently lost his mother to that most destructive of diseases, Alzheimer’s. Our conversation reminded me of the urgency of, and the limitations of our lives here together, in part because of his loss, but also because of the time that had passed since our last chat, some two and a half decades prior.
It just so happened that the day before, another friend, also from many years ago, posted a photo of a temporary tattoo she received from author, NPR contributor and personal hero of mine, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who was visiting the school where my friend works. The tattoo reads: Make the most of your time here.
I can’t help but believe that this is a message for me to both receive and to share. To make a little extra effort, each day at least, to savor a moment, to establish a connection, to create a memory: to make the most of our time here.
So what are you waiting for?