I have had a few life changing moments this year, that have made me appreciate even more, how fleeting our time here can be. Life is but a second of eternity but a precious beautiful second!
I remember my Mom telling me how the older you got the faster life moved. I was young with the rest of my life in front of me and laughed at her thought, but now I understand. Youth gives us wings to fly and try and age gives us the wisdom to appreciate those moments.
With that in mind I was remembering a wonderful analogy I was given many years ago that has helped me to understand more clearly how our lives hold change not only with time but with people coming and going in our lives. This has helped me through many life moments and I want to share my version of it with you now!
Life is like a train ride. In the beginning you board the train and you know most of the people on the train with you, like your Parents and siblings. As a child you expect that you will always have the same people riding the train with you as passengers, all on the same trip. But everyone has a different path and so their train rides are different. As the train moves along the track there are train stops and people board and depart. We never know who is departing or at which stop they will depart. Just as we don’t know who will board and for how long they will share our train ride. We don’t know if we will be close with the people boarding or if they will remain strangers on the same train. Just like life, this is all unknown, and just like life we don’t know when it is time for someone to depart at their train stop.
We only know that every one is on their own train ride! We can only control how we respond to the boarding and departing. When people leave it isn’t because they didn’t want to stay but only because it was their time to depart. Their train stop. We never know what happens to the people getting off the train. We don’t know if they are connecting with another train with another destination or if that stop was their destination stop. We don’t know if we will someday be on the same train with them again or if that was our last glimpse. We sometimes don’t even know when our own stop arrives until we see it and jump up to get off the train. Perhaps with another destination in mind or just to stay right there at that place.
The only thing we know for sure is we are each on our own train ride and regardless of who you are, perhaps it is best to just live, laugh, love and enjoy the ride! After all the view is amazing!
Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one
else has thought.” …Einstein”