My whole life I’ve wanted to be somewhere other than here. When I was in grade school, I wanted to be junior high. When I was in junior high, I wanted to be in high school (but hey, who didn’t? What an icky time).
Then I wanted to be in college. Then I wanted to be out of college. When I was single, I wanted to be married. Etc. etc. etc. - you get the picture. I was never in the present. Or at least not long enough to fully realize the value of that moment. I never soaked up the beauty and joy and learning of each phase and its inherent moments.
I arrived on the doorstep of adulthood unprepared and proceeded to be pretty unhappy. Everything felt like a struggle because I hadn’t built up the strength in those missed moments.
Things changed when I became a mom. Keeping a human alive and witnessing the miracle of how fast a child grows made me stop and take note. I existed from feeding to feeding, hour by hour. I became very aware of each day, week, month and year. I had found the beauty in the present.
We need to be content to be right where we are right now, and see the gifts and precious people in our path. There are gifts and people we will never know if we wish to be somewhere else.