Living in the Present

Life’s so filled, it’s so easy to jump from one thing to the next. To yearn for the next big thing that will tickle our fancies, entertain us. But this poem – written by a 14-year old (wow, I mean, wow so philosophical at such a young age) really reminded me to live in the present. To cherish what I have now. To BE with the people I’m around. Not have my mind wandering around, or constantly being distracted by my phone.

Present Tense

It was spring, But it was summer I wanted,

The warm days, And the great outdoors.

It was summer, But it was fall I wanted,

The colorful leaves, And the cool, dry air.

It was fall, But it was winter I wanted,

The beautiful snow, And the joy of the holiday season.

It was winter, But it was spring I wanted,

The warmth, And the blossoming of nature.

I was a child, But it was adulthood I wanted,

The freedom, And the respect.

I was 20, But it was 30 I wanted,

To be mature, And sophisticated.

I was middle-aged, But it was 20 I wanted,

The youth, And the free spirit.

I was retired, But it was middle age I wanted,

The presence of mind, Without limitations.

My life was over.

But I never got what I wanted.

-Jason Lehman

Poem source: The Chicago Tribune, 1989

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