I came across a quote in a meme today that tugged at my heartstrings. Leave it to the internet to provide me with both cute cat pictures and quotes that touch the very core of my being.
This was the quote:
“At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time and nobody knew it.”
Yet at the same time, a little bit joyful.
It made me think about how I walk through life. I have days where I overthink everything from the meaning of the universe to what to eat for lunch. It happens to the best of us.
Between these days of hysterical overthinking, though, I have my best days (or at least my better days).
These are the days where I’m checked in. I see the world around me for a little bit more of what it actually is. I don’t overthink where I’m going to lunch. Instead, I go for a walk and wind up somewhere delicious by chance.
And thinking about the meaning of the universe? Not exactly on my mind either.
I imagine, as the meme says, that the same was true for the last time I went out to play with my childhood friends. I wasn’t thinking about a melancholy ending to our friendship. I focused on the present moment. I let it envelop me.
We get so distracted by trying to know the end that we lose sight of the beauty unfolding before our eyes. Before we know it, it’s time for our curfew; and our last day of playing with friends outside is over.
Keep your eyes on the kickball.