Life Is Now

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By Kate Kole

You know those stories your family members have told so many times, that even if you can’t fully remember them yourself, or you weren’t present for the making of the memories in the first place, it feels like you were? You can picture the people and the scene so well that you practically convince yourself that you were right there in the middle of the action, laughter, and joy.

Being the youngest child in my family, I have lots of those types of memories. Stories of my brother and sister growing up, that even though I wasn’t yet on this Earth to experience myself, I hold significant in my mind.

One of my sister’s favorite sayings as a little girl was “I can’t know”.

She hadn’t quite grasped the phrases “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” yet. So, she created her own rendition.

My parents still delight in how often she’d shrug her shoulders and offer forth those 3 simple words.

Honestly, in all her infinite 3 year old wisdom, I think she was on to something.

Because there are a lot of things we just can’t know. As hard as we may work to create and control the future, there are certain aspects of life that remain unpredictable, unseen, and unrealized.

That reality has frustrated me many times. When I’ve craved the knowledge of how things will work out. When I’ve longed to click the fast forward button and catch a glimpse of what’s to come in my relationships, career, and…who knows what else?!

But to tell you the truth, I really can’t know. And maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s an essential part of the fun, the faith, the patience, the trust, the journey.

Perhaps that’s the whole point.

I simply need to shrug more often. To release my grip, lay off the gear, and see what happens. To appreciate life, right now, for what it is – even without all the answers and details of the future arranged. To believe that this step, this phase, this chapter is the one that matters most, because it’s the only one that I can reach out to feel, taste, and fully experience.

Close your eyes. Take a breath. Life is now.

We can’t always know what’s next. And that’s okay. Let’s dive in to this moment anyway.

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