Life happens, with or without our library cards.

I legitimately believed that life would begin the day I got my very own library card. I was not keen on waiting to receive this shiny piece of plastic and was not particularly excited to learn how to sign a book out or how to use the “card catalog.” I simply wanted this little card, an emblem of freedom to me: freedom to discover, to read, to learn; in and out of school. And as we all probably have heard, there is nothing worse than waiting for life to begin.

Although we are awake for nearly 16 hours out of the day, going this place and that place, here and there, we still dare to subsidize life into “meaningful events.” Life does not take place while we sit in the classroom or at the desk for eight hours of the day. No, no, life takes place afterward, when we go out for the night or we attend that party we have been waiting for. We prepare for life when we buy that new top to wear next Friday or we book plane tickets for our trip in June. But how silly of us to believe that life is happening at any time before these events actually transpire.

Life is not a series of defining moments. Life is not the day we receive that job offer or get that ring on our finger. Life is every single minute, filled with so much potential that it should make us cry. Every minute of our lives is begging for us to grab it, to make it remarkable.

Life is like Candy Land; if only we had learned to play it the right way. Looking back on it, I realize how much my friends and I stayed fixated on the end and the feeling we would gain from getting to place our little yellow plastic boy/girl on the finish line. But we grumbled and growled when we picked a red card or a purple card. We cringed at the thought of the journey or, God forbid, drawing a card that would send us back to Mr. Mint or Gramma Nutt. We wanted the acceleration; the double blue or the card that allowed us to skip right over to Princess Frostine, just mere spaces away from the castle.

But if we go too fast, if we careen our way towards the end point, deeming our lives only worthwhile when we have these “defining moments” then what is really the point? Why even set up the game? Why decide to go to work or go to the gym? We might as well sit in bed all day and wait for the good stuff, the events and happenings that ensure we are truly living, to come knocking at our door.

I think we need to start living with more intention, we need to realize that we have 1,440 minutes in a single day. That is a lot of precious minutes. Let’s not get meticulous by focusing on the minutes we spend sleeping (those are already filled with our biggest dreams), but 960 minutes is still a baffling number. And those “moments” that will “change our lives” probably only last a good 30 seconds. It’s that unexpected stranger, that realization that life is incredible, it’s that library card. But it is up to us to fill the space. To give each minute it’s time to shine. To Bundle Up All The Minutes In Our Day. Hold Them Outward In Our Palms. Acknowledge Them As “Irreplaceable.”

We say and hear it all the time: life is too short, life goes to quick, life is what happens while we are busy making plans. But are we really listening? As cliche as it is, the message is true. But perhaps it becomes more real when we recognize that life does not begin in two hours or when the weekend hits. Life happens before and after we get that library card, with or without a shortcut in Candy Land.

It’s up to us to wear out every instance, every encounter, and every minute like a lucky penny.

How will you make the most out of your 960 minutes today?

12 thoughts on “Life happens, with or without our library cards.

    1. Thank you Mara! You too.. We are expecting a ton of rain so I will be thinking of you and sending these rainy days over to you (since I know you adore them ha)


      Hannah Katy

  1. Great post! And totally true… I still have my first library card (its about 20 years old and the bar code still works despite its wear), and I remember that feeling at age 5, and the similar feeling at all the other milestones -graduations, jobs, other life changes that break up the monotony that is the rest of life. It is important to enjoy each moment instead of wishing them away on the way to the next “big” one.

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  2. Great post! I constantly try to remind myself to live in the present and live with passion and intention. My life is very go-go-go, so it’s easy for the days and weeks to slip away from me!

    Today I’m living my life by intention by lazing in bed and reading a book and just enjoying the chance to relax rather then stressing over my list of things to do and the work that needs to be done! Today I will go for a run on my favourite trail and just be 🙂

  3. This reminds me of that “Seasons of Love” song from “Rent”—the “525,600 minutes…how do you measure a year of your life?”

    For me, it’s unrealistic to think every single minute of every single day, “Am I making the most of this?! Am I doing all I can?!” I’d burn out by minute 20! Rather, I tend to think in longer stretches of time—like the weekend, or a day at work, or a weeklong vacation with my family. Some minutes are lost, of course. That’s life. But so long as I’m taking hold of more than I’m casting aside, I’m happy.

    1. I am with ya Hannah. It would be nice if we could have some way of being alerted when we are wasting time though. Ha, like if I were consumed in a negative thought, it would be so nice if an alarm would go off to remind me to snap out of it. But oh well, I will keep dreaming.


      Hannah Katy

  4. I love this. It’s so true, especially in my life. I’m so often caught up in the next thing I’m doing that I don’t take enough time to appreciate everything I have and revel in the fact that I get to have a busy life. It’s stressful at times, but I think of how much mundane my life could be. I think about how lucky I am to be in a job, be in an internship, be in 3 challenging college courses. I need to take more time to appreciate what I do have and stop thinking on what I need to do next.

  5. Wonderful post, and inspiring as always. I do try and remind myself to live in the present, with an appreciation of the things I have rather than focusing on a future that doesn’t exist yet and may change at any time… I think everyone could benefit from taking a few minutes to really focus on the good things they have in life and stop worrying about the future so much 🙂

    Love your writing, miss, if I don’t tell you enough!

    1. Thank you Emily Jane! It is so hard not to focus on the future, but I think we do a good job of trying.. and counting our blessings. Hope all is well love! Adored your Wedding Bells post, per usual.


      Hannah Katy

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