“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” ~Steve Jobs

One of the reasons I have been drawn to yoga is the emphasis on being present in the moment. You settle on your mat to just focus on what is. Breathe. Stretch. Be. Now, I must admit, this task is often difficult for this frenetic mind of mine. I’m often glancing at the clock, planning my day, or fidgeting with my clothes or hair. There is a struggle to just be present, but I love the thought. Just be present.

Much of our lives are spent wishing for the future. I can’t wait to grow up. I can’t wait for my license. I can’t wait to move out of my parents’ home. I can’t wait to get a real job. I can’t wait to meet the love of my life. I can’t wait to get married. I can’t wait to have children. I can’t wait for these children to move out and get on with their own lives. I can’t wait to retire. Wait! Slow down! Why not just bask in each stage and love each for what it is? These crazy, stressful, exhausting, painful, lovely, beautiful moments get ignored while we desire for something else beyond the horizon.

When I decided to retire, many people asked me what I was going to do with my time. I don’t have an exact plan, but I know I want to create, write, bake, read, and just love every moment. Time is a gift. Some days I may be busy. Others will be spent drawn into a book or even Netflix. I’ve been working since I was sixteen years old. Now’s the time to recognize the blessings of this life I’ve been given and just be present.