Ted Mosby once said, “But that’s the funny thing about destiny: it happens whether you plan it or not. It turns out I was just too close to the puzzle to see the picture that was forming.”
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I believe in destiny. Do we have a set path that we will end up following no matter what we choose? If so, does it really matter what we choose? Because if that was true, wouldn’t everything just happen like it was supposed to anyway?
But if we are in charge of our own destiny, then we are also to blame when things don’t turn out how we want them to.
I have spent my entire life wondering what my life will eventually be. I spend so much time trying to figure out what comes next that sometimes I forget that life is happening right now. Sometimes I actually have to take time to remind myself to live in the moment.
So, it got me thinking: what if I only had one more day? How would I spend it? Who would I spend it with?
If today was my last day, I would spend it with my best friends and my family. I would play hide-and-go-seek with my little sister as many times as she wanted. I would let everyone in my life know how much they really mean to me and how much they affect who I am every day.
If today was my last day, I wouldn’t spend so much time on my phone, because nothing on Facebook is really ever that interesting. And yet, I find myself glued to my phone more than I care to admit.
If today was my last day, I would get better at texting people back and call my grandma. I’m sorry, Grandma. I really do mean to call more.
If today was my last day, I would eat the ice cream, because sometimes happiness is about more than your waistline.
If today was my last day, I would stop taking everything so seriously. Life is a funny thing, and I think we all need to relax a little and just enjoy it.
If today was my last day, I would spend time in my favorite place: the ocean. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be right off the beach.
If today was my last day, maybe I could stop being so afraid of the future.
I don’t know if I believe in destiny. I like to believe life is more “choose your own adventure” than it is a set path. But maybe it is time we stop thinking in terms of what our lives will become in the future. I love Ted Mosby. How I Met Your Mother is and always will be one of my favorite shows. But while Ted spent his entire life waiting for his life to start, he sometimes lost sight of what was right in front of him.
The worries of the future can consume you. They can eat you apart. But don’t let them. Happiness seems to be this elusive goal that we all search for, but it doesn’t have to be something we strive to attain in the future. You don’t have to wait. Whatever your “destiny” is (if you believe you have one), it is important to try to find happiness in the present, because you can never be certain of what the future holds.
And that’s okay.
What would you do if today was your last day?