Enjoy the journey. Photo: "Happy" by Greg Westfall
When I was in my first years of University, my friends and I would often talk about the many things we would do before age 30. After all, 30 was SO far away. We’d be Officially Old by then. (!)
With the comfort of time on our side we planned pre-30 bucket lists, casually tossing PhDs, career advances, marriage, children and global travels into this one short decade.
Now, much closer to 30, I mentally re-assess. I realise I have crossed one, possibly two items off my 15-item ‘dream life’ checklist.
And I’m so glad that I have not done more.
The older I get, the more I realise that life is a marathon, not a sprint. We hurtle towards milestones, always wanting the next big thing: first wanting to be a teenager, then aiming for 18, then college, then marriage, then children, then retirement. It’s like we can’t wait to reach our graves.
Choose your own ride. Photo: "Joy" by John Levanen.
A close (and older and wiser) friend once advised me to slow down. To live life at my own pace, not worrying about where I feel I ‘should be’ on my timeline of events. And when I took her advice to heart, my whole life seemed at once longer, more exciting, and more full of possibilities. So now I share that advice whenever I can: slow down!
I feel like I didn't even start living my life until my mid 40's... and I still firmly believe the very best is yet to come. Sometimes it's hard to not rush towards that "best", but to remember that life is a journey, not a destination. Great article.