Why do we all seem to struggle so hard to see into the future? It might have been the casting of bones, or reading a flight of birds for signs and portents, but people have always sought answers to the inscrutable promise of tomorrow.
Personally, I have found lying awake during the darkest hours of the night, can actually bring at least an inkling of insight, into the unfathomable.
This is an opportunity to eliminate the clutter of life for a clearer view of possibilities. Stripping away the stimuli of daily life and concentrating on the maybes.
Because in the final analysis, isn't tomorrow really a "maybe"?
As I pass birthdays, seemingly at the speed of light, I have come to accept the truth behind some time-worn sayings. Sayings like: "You don't know what you have till it's gone"; "There's nothing new under the sun"; or one that surely impacts the process of aging..."Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder".
As to the first, that's fairly obvious when I reflect on some pretty scattered days in my youth where not much was produced but creative chaos. Youth is such a fleeting gift, but then I think it was Mark Twain who said, "Youth is wasted on the young".
And few of us get excited these days about the inventiveness of man; we all are guilty of some degree of indifference to the next Steve Jobs. Sometimes, it's as if we have lost sight of the "next big thing" and only focus on the insignificant, but trendy blips on our mental radar.
It's really the last saying that holds the most profound meaning to me as I pass through the many stages of womanhood.
If I want to visually measure the changes in myself, I need only sit with a box of photos and be amazed at the stranger wearing a much better version of my face! This kind of reflection can be your undoing if you aren't careful; none of us are immune to self criticism.
Luckily, the best saying of all, "Love is blind" is the most important philosophical guide! It totally protects the ego from any negative effects with the passing of time.
Love is timeless and if you wrap it around yourself, life stays beautiful and so will you!