This past weekend we had a rare moment of quality time. I say rare because over the past month, our time together has been at my sister’s house spent with a cooing baby. As much as Noah has won over my heart, it was really nice to have some time just mom and daughter.
On this day, we took in an afternoon movie downtown and watched About Time.
A little over 2 hours long, this movie explores the idea of choosing joy and appreciating the moments while you are in them. The movie is slow at times but once it is finished you can’t remember a single instance they should cut. Instead, it felt real, the ideas explored attainable, and an extraordinary ordinary life could easily be yours.
Yesterday, a girl just two years older than me lost her husband in an accident that happened at work. Although I have known her for nearly 15 years, we were not close but my parents have gotten close with her and her husband over the past years. As my parents called to tell me the news and share the heartache, I couldn’t help to think back to this movie. How many times do we talk about treating each moment as our last but never take action upon it?
A life is measured by births, weddings, and funerals. But it is the moments in between that count and made more meaningful by the people we choose to share them with.
This is my extraordinary ordinary life and I need to be a lot better about sharing it.