Not so long ago, a friend invited me to see her and her students perform cover songs at an elderly home. I sat at the back of the room next to a charming woman and we choir-sang “Hallelujah” accompanied by the piano.
All I could see from my sitting place was white hair. If it wasn’t for my thick black hair, nobody would have noticed I wasn’t one of them. It was then that it hit me: in time I’ll be part of the flock too.
This made me reflect on how time is passing so quickly. I sometimes get flashbacks from the time when I first moved to a new country and I think, “Wow, was that four years ago?” It feels like if it was yesterday.
As C.S. Lewis observed:
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different?”
Another thing I realized is that we often take ourselves too seriously. I personally do. I tend to worry about everything. One question that I started to ask myself recently is Will this matter ten years from now? and oftentimes the answer is no.
I, for one, am willing to give up what drags me down—drama, comparison, and procrastination—and focus on the things that lift me up. For me, these are my family, friends, and creative endeavors.
Realizing that one day I will be part of the flock and that the end of my life will come, made me want to stop waiting and start living. And it also made me want to stop getting ready and get started!
Hope Koppelman summarises what I’m trying to illustrate in this quote:
“When we look back at our lives, at all we have been through, we want to be able to say, I took everything life gave me, even the darkest days, and made something beautiful.”
What are some things you can do to bring more joy into your days? What could you be doing more of or less of to enjoy your life right now? Let me know in the comments.
Finally, I wanted to share a short video of that time at the elderly house. Here we are singing “Let It Be” out loud.