"This ain't NASCAR, slow down."
I am doing a fair amount of driving these days. On my trek between Nashville, my home, and Bowling Green, KY, my school home, I see this sign. To be honest, I hardly ever notice it. Maybe I’m too distracted, could be that I’m in the zone, but most likely it’s because I’m talking someone’s head off on the phone.
The first time I saw the “This ain’t NASCAR, slow down.” sign, I checked my odometer and slowed down. The second time I saw that sign, I realized it was about much more than the speed of my car.
What it was really saying was, “Live for today and not for what’s to come”.
I’m sure I’ve had glimpses in my life of living for the day, but more often than not, I’ve been focused on what’s to come. I know I’m not alone in this. How many times have you been overwhelmed with the desire and anticipation of the next phase? When you’re in college, you can’t wait to be an independent, working adult. When you’re single, you can’t wait to be married. Once you’re married, you’re counting down until kids, buying a house, and before you know it, retirement.
As my Mom has recited to me many times – “you have time, don’t rush—it will come when it’s time”.
So thanks, Mom! It’s about time I started soaking up some of your wisdom.
Here’s the thing y’all, putting on the brakes doesn’t mean you’re stopping. For the first time in my memory, I am embracing every element of my life. I’m living fully and presently in the now. Don’t get me wrong, though, this big dreamer has bigger dreams than ever. Praise the Lord, I think I’m finally starting to figure this dreaming thing out. In order to reach them, I have to invest in the life I’m living to get to the life I know I can have. I have to be present in my relationships, my work, my classes, and myself.
I’m certain the rest will come when the time is right. The husband you’ve been waiting for, will come when you’re ready. The dream house you’ve been itching to buy, it’s there waiting for you. The child you’ve been yearning for, will light up your life soon enough.
So right now, take a breath, breathe that oxygen deep into your lungs. Slow down. Savor the moment. Quit yearning for what's to come. It will be when it should be.