“So how’s your night going?”
I was waiting for my latte, hoping it would warm my belly and wake me up some, when the barista asked.
“Oh, it’s been so good! I actually just drove up here for the day. To spend time with a friend. That’s what the coffee is for- got a long drive back home.”
He nodded, a smile spread across his face, as he handed me my cup.
I drove off, replaying the brief conversation in my head. I always appreciate the kindness of strangers, but especially when it allows me to pause for a moment and just consider where I’m at. To consider how blessed I am to say I came all this way because there’s someone I love and share life with here.
You know these moments, I’m sure. You’ve seen them in movies. The moment someone’s whole perspective changes. A moment of clarity in an otherwise loud, fast-paced, and crowded world. And they’re always set to the most positive, upbeat soundtracks- ones with lyrics that make your very bones come alive with gratitude and ambition. They always send us off in the direction of a life lived well.
So… naturally… God cued one of my current favorites as I merged onto the highway:
“Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
At 17, my daydreams looked a lot like Sandals Resorts commercials. I dreamed of traveling to far-away places, trying exotic foods, and crossing items off an exhilarating bucket list. I dreamed of an effortless marriage full of laughter, and a career that I could change the world through (but that wouldn’t prevent me from traveling whenever I wanted, of course). It was always about where I could go and what I could do. So many people had told me I had the whole world at my fingertips that I had begun to believe it was made just for me. At 25 though, the scenery in these daydreams has faded away. It’s the faces of the people around me in them that have come into focus. I am less concerned with the places I will go or the things I will do. I just want to be fully present with the people around me.