During my adventure in New Zealand, I went skydiving and wrote four words on my hands — No Day But Today. It is the ending line to one of my favorite songs called No Day but Today from the musical Rent. I first saw the musical in high school and the soundtrack struck a cord with me. Every so often, the song pops in my head enticing me to sing and think about its meaning.
To me these words are a reminder to focus on the present, on the things that matter. Yes, we need to think about the future and where we are going. And yes, there are lessons to be learned from the past so that we grow as individuals. But the present, that is where you are now. Essentialism talked so much about this concept – of deciding what you want to be involved in, of saying no to things that aren’t essential, and editing your schedule to only include the tasks where you can be the most impactful.
I was so calm before I jumped out of the plane because I knew there was no place else I wanted to be. I wanted to have this experience in this country with these people, and I felt so much peace I didn’t really think about the risks involved. I just jumped. I was fully present. Given where I am in my life right now, (which is a good place but with the daily challenges of being a working step-mom), I am not surprised that these words are playing in my head on repeat right now.
Today is Monday. There is no day but today. So, what will you make of it?