A River Carried Us Through It

I’ve run out of eloquent cliches and quirky mid-thought intros, so strap in, hit the gas, and try to keep up, because, quite frankly, I’m not sure this is going to make even a lick of sense.

So, anyway…

I don’t know what made me realize this, but I came to the conclusion today that I have viewed myself as a boulder in a river. Everything has been moving around me, passing me by, with no intervention or causation on my part. I am simply…here; while all of you are temporary. I have been subconsciously under the impression that it is everything around me that moves, that the people outside myself come and go. And to an extent, that’s true.

But it’s far from the whole truth.

The whole truth is that life is motion, and for every day that goes by, I come closer to some things and some people, while drifting imperceptibly further from others. We’re all moving. We’re like leaves on a stream. The water carries them closer and further apart constantly.

And that’s kind of an isolating thought.

It makes life seem rather lonely, knowing that the people I commune with daily will, one of these days, all be gone. Because as time goes on, we drift apart, we lose touch, people die…

But it’s also a stark reminder to seize the day.

These people, they won’t be here forever. These moments, they won’t last long. Live in this second. Let your worries take a back seat once in a while and just…live. Learn to do more than exist. Don’t take anything for granted, because sooner or later, this train will carry you so far from this place that all that is left is the memory.

Remember that yesterday is written in stone, and tomorrow is unsure. Live today. After all, that’s where you happen to be. Enjoy the people around you now. Experience the fullness that this day can grant you. Choose to truly, entirely be here today. It’s the only chance you’ll ever get to do so.

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