I have so many writings in progress, it’s getting a bit ridiculous. It’s not that I don’t want to finish these projects (I do!), it’s just that it feels like I have all the time in the world.
What’s the rush? Now isn’t the perfect time. I’ll have peace and quiet tomorrow.
I can get to that later….right?
Recently, the theme of living in the moment has been hitting me over the head, both in the books I’ve read and in real life.
When I worked at the circus, it was easy to take things for granted. I saw elephants everyday. I could get up close with a tiger almost anytime I wanted. Cuddling with camels? Absolutely! Snakes, poodles, cockatoos, horses and one fickle donkey…so many animals to love and
so little all the time I needed.
But then I left the circus.
No more crazy animal cuddles.
But, wait! There was always time to visit. I could go back anytime I wanted. My friends would be there. The animals would be there. It would be just like old times, but better! No work and all play….right?
Sure, unless the animals are taken away.
As many now know, the elephants will be retired from the show much earlier than expected.
They will live out their lives well cared for and loved, but when I visited Cincinnati last week, that was likely the last time I will see those specific elephants and possibly the last time I get that close to an elephant ever again.
The abrupt departure of elephants from my life, along with all my favorite circus people, got me to thinking about what I love most.
Living in the moment, being thankful for today and making the most of it, these aren’t new concepts, but sometimes it takes something big (like elephant big) to remind us of the uncertainty of life.
Someone dies or moves. New job or no job. New births, new pets, new friends.
Tragedies and triumphs, these moments are needed to remind us, nothing is forever on this earth.
So while I’m waiting for the perfect moment to start (or finish) a story, life is moving on all around me. There will never be a “perfect” time to do what I want to do. I am not guaranteed a tomorrow, let alone a perfect tomorrow where I have copious amounts of time for writing, visiting friends, starting new projects, etc.
I’m so thankful for the many wonderful memories I have from the circus and all the time I got to spend with the elephants.
I’m also thankful for the reminder that right now, this moment, is all I have.
So I need to write, now.