As I approach my final weeks in the stunning state of Utah, I want to slowly drink everything in. Sip on the beauty of the mountains and canyons I see and travel through daily. Notice the changing colors of the leaves on the trees, and the crisp mountain air in the morning. Most of all, I want to cherish the people with whom I have become so close to over the past year. People who aren’t afraid to ask the big questions, people who live from their heart without compromising their soul, and people who never cease to appreciate the power of nature, and the ability for the soul to heal.
I want to savor each of these final moments in the best way I can. The same way I like to slowly read a good book to make it last longer. Taking small sips and appreciating every bite of life I’m given while I’m here.
The best, and worst, thing about being in your twenties, is how easy it to be able to pick up and leave at a moments notice. There’s nothing really holding you back, and the entire world seems to be your oyster. It can be really exciting, but also really overwhelming. The only way to navigate through it all is to take the time to tune in. Check in with that inner voice for guidance and support.
And, to cherish the moments you have daily. Because, these moments won’t last forever. All you ever really have is the present moment. Living and working with people who are transient has taught me that while it might be easier to avoid getting close to people or making new friends who will inevitably eventually leave, you can also miss out on beautiful moments.
Though it’s true, in times of transitions or goodbyes, it’s easy to start to detach. To close off in order to make the blow a bit easier. There is also power in allowing yourself to savor the moments you have left, even if they are fleeting. I want to embrace these moments. Allow my heart and soul to stay present, wrapped in this beautiful point of time and space.
This is the beauty and complexity of our human-ness. To be able to love something and allow ourselves to immerse into the people and situations that are around us, despite the fact that everything is temporary.
In the words of Mary Oliver,
“To live in the world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing that your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
You can hold back, detach, and avoid the pain of goodbyes, but you’ll be missing out on the now. The other option is to allow your heart to grow attached, to live fully in the fleeting moments. You can know despite the fact that nothing will ever be the same, at least you are able to experience the gift of this moment.
What does savoring moments mean to you?