So many of us live in Tomorrowland.
“Tomorrow is another day.”
“I’ll do this tomorrow.”
“I’ll start working towards my dream tomorrow.”
“Tomorrow is a new beginning.”
Well let me just voice my opinion about tomorrow.
Tomorrow does not exist.
Now, I’m not telling you that this is fact by some divine knowledge….
I’m just asking you to toy with this idea. Just think about this for a minute.
Tomorrow is a theory.
Tomorrow is a comfortable assumption that the sun will rise.
Tomorrow is a hope that your heart will keep beating and your eyes will open.
Tomorrow is a a fear that we are not strong enough at this moment to do what it takes to pursue our happiness.
Tomorrow is an excuse. A delay.
And as with the seconds of your life not being guaranteed tomorrow, so is the world as we know it.
There is a place in New Zealand called Cathedral Cove; a massive White Sea cave or arch that has been shaped by the winds, waters, and time.
There is only one now where there used to be many. All have collapsed and disappeared, and this one is disappearing piece by piece everyday.
Like most lush rain forests, stunning waterfalls, awe-inspiring monuments, architectural wonders, breath-taking beaches, unique species of plants, animals, reptiles, insects, and marine creatures — they may not be here after today, because life can change in an instant.
We may hope that we will have the time to do something we’ve always wanted, but that something, whatever it is, may not be there tomorrow.
Because like all theories, tomorrow is tentative.
By definition, “theory” is a belief that can guide behavior. Not a fact.
And that “theory” of tomorrow guides the majority of the world into a self-induced coma, one where we will say, “Tomorrow I’ll wake up early and start getting in shape.”
Or, “Tomorrow I will use my day off and not sit in front of a TV, but start molding my dream into a reality.”
Or, “Tomorrow, I’ll quit my job and travel the world.”
You know what? When tomorrow arrives and you feel good about still being around for one more day, it gives you enough air of confidence to put everything off until tomorrow once again.
Inside of this sickening cycle you are only living in theory.
You are not truly living.
One can only live that very second his or her heart decides to beat. One beat at a time.
Have you ever had your heart skip a beat? That feeling of shortness of breath, or the pain in your chest. That is the consequence of skipping a beat. It is that moment, life itself, slipping away. But luckily it wasn’t your last heartbeat. This time at least.
Tomorrow is a possibility, but not a guarantee.
Yesterday existed, but no longer does it exist.
This very second exists.
Snap your finger…
…by the time you did that, you’ve already lost a moment, and that is how quick that moment could have been your last.
I ask you, just to consider what the present means, and what tomorrow doesn’t.
So come with me.
Escape from Tomorrowland.
Kick open your cubicle cages.
Rip free from the bondage of corporate chains.
Shatter the glass jars that have trapped your light like a firefly in the summer, and fly into the night to find your place among the stars.
And with today, your dream awaits.
“Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.”
– Alan Watts
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
– Steve Jobs
Are you ready to live for today?