Today is, of course, the first day of the rest of your life.
And by inference, it’s the last day of everything that has gone before.
Every day has the potential to be a turning point, and in a very fundamental way, it is. We live precisely upon the axis of what has been and what will be. We are built up of everything that has happened and that we have done, and we create, in the now, exactly what we can be and can do in the future.
It’s important to remember that every second provides a brand new opportunity for a brand new you.
I’m starting to sound like the self help guru version of myself, but really, I’m just trying to trick myself into optimism by some weird form of autohypnosis. I doubt it’ll work. But then, part of me does believe this.
It’s a moment of responsibility. Which kinda makes it depressing when you look back and think about all those moments you didn’t bother to change. You’ve let yourself end up exactly where you are. Nobody to blame but yourself. Here, now.
Except those moments were all then. And you can’t do anything about them now, except learn, move on, and do something NOW.
And you can spend the now dreaming about the future, idealising everything that could be, imagining all the possibilities. Paralysing yourself in fantasy, conjecture and hope.
But that’s not now. You can’t do anything in the future, that hasn’t been built up for on the foundational moment that is now.
Action is trapped in the present. Surrounded by the distorted untruths of memory and dreams.
You don’t ignore them. But you recognise them for what they are. Shadows of the present. Unreal and unreliable.
The I of ego only exists in the now. If it exists at all. Experience is all about perspective. A mind is the now. It’s this angle, this time, looking out (or in, depending on your perspective) and the reality of everything. The universe can only be percieved, as far as we can tell in our current state, through the lens of an instant and a singe point, a single sense of being, existence.
That is you.
That is today.
Today is the position from which you survey the universe. Today is the angle you have on everything ever. Today is a panoramic view of all creation. Except not.
Today is the precise moment you live in. Now is today. There is never another today like today.
And perhaps more threateningly, there is no reliable tomorrow. No reliable yesterday. One has melted away, one might never actually come about, and it certainly won’t be how you picture it if you don’t start to do something about it.
Today is the day we build our tomorrow, and start laying bricks for every day after that.
Life is cumulative. Constantly building up.
In this precise moment you can build something. Anything.
Have a nice today.
Illustration by Anna-Kaisa.