I feel like that life can be described by a George Strait song... "Life's not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out that gets you through the day. Ain't what it's all about. You just might miss the point, tryin to win the race. Life's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away."
I look at people around me and even myself and how we rush. When we're little we want to be like the "big kids" and ride a bike without training wheels, or we're in middle school and we want to rush through the acne and hormones until we get to grace the halls of high school, once we reach high school it's a 4 years sprint to adulthood always rounding our age up so we're one step closer to a license or being 18 and college. Once you reach college or once your out of high school it's a rush to a career or a marraige and eventually to kids, and then we rush our kids through the same process.
I stumbled upon a friends blog where she wrote back to her 14 year old self, and I kinda wanna steal her idea so here goes nothin....
Dear 14 year old me,
You've survived middle school! Congratulations, it was a rough road with plenty of dissappointments, more than your fair share of drama, and even some successes along the road! Don't worry about all the drama sorrounding your friends in 4 years when you leave for college, very few of them will be more than acquaintances. Don't be afraid of change. High school will be an amazing expereince. You'll find out who your real friends are as time goes by, and you'll learn about yourself through the process. Listen to your heart, it's almost always right. It's not gonna be easy, you're gonna hate being different. But you can do it! Don't let a chance pass you by to serve people, even when you're scared. Who cares what everyone else things, it's just high school. One year after you leave that place it won't feel like home anymore. You'll realize home is not a finite place, home is where you are and where your heart is. One year after high school you'll still be as unsure as you were at 14 about who you are. Don't worry! Becoming the woman you want to be is a day to day process. Just try a little harder, to be a little better each day. Remember that every path you set out on starts with one step. Don't hesitate. Sometimes you have to walk into the darkness with faith. Remember before God can direct your path you have to be moving your feet. Never underestimate yourself. You're stronger than you give yourself credit for, and remember there are always people that you can count on; even if they aren't the ones you were expecting or the ones you wanted. Remember to slow down every once and a while to look around and look back. You're doing better than you think and you've come a long way. Don't let that get to your head though, you've still got a long way to go. Remember instead of rushing from one phase of life to the next make sure you are present and living every moment that should be taking your breath away. You'll always remember the way you felt when you got your first kiss (it'll suck), and then your second one 2 years later (that one will be much better). You'll remember the extreme sense of accomplishment when you make All-State, direct the musical, and march across the stage to grab your diploma (even if you were hoping Billy Haun could give you yours). You'll be scared a lot too, but thats good. You'll feel nervous anticipation when you go to your first stake dance; first youth conference; first date; drive for the first time; pack your bag for college; meet your roommates; go to your first classes; go on your first college date (btw you'll rush into a relationship that night... you're a little impatient). Try to take it all in and live in the moment, because life's not the breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away!