I've been spending some time reading the stories of those who lost their lives in the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Many of the passengers had stories similar to my own. Many were students, professors, aid workers, diplomats. I could have been on that flight.
Most of us want to live long and healthy lives. But the truth is, the future is always uncertain. No day is assured, no minute guaranteed. All we can be certain about is the present moment.
Tao Porchon-Lynch once said, "Tomorrow never comes. One minute after midnight is already today." If we live our lives with only fuzzy aspirations for a distant future, with probably's and maybe's, we set ourselves up for disappointment and regret. For a life only half-lived and dreams half-realized.
So don't wait until you're old and gray to travel and explore the world. To forgive others for past transgressions. To say thank you to those on whose shoulders you stand the tallest. To inspire others to live their best lives. Do it now and don't procrastinate.
And most importantly, don't forget to laugh. To smile. To dance. And to be infinitely grateful for every moment spent on this beautiful planet. <3