Photo by T. Libertiny.
This weekend I found out from my friend that this mural in the picture above no longer exists-- it was painted over.
My friend walked to the location of the mural, expecting to come around the corner and see the stunning, colorful wall. But it was gone. The only evidence of it existed in our pictures (and it took some digging for me to find them!)
This experience was a reminder to me to be grateful for the present moment. Cliche as it sounds, it's all we have. All of this is so fleeting. Change is happening all around us, all the time. We resist it again and again, but it is the nature of life.
Sometimes I find myself asking, 'Why is this happening to me?'
In the moment, it can be hard to understand why chaotic change is necessary. When this photo was taken, I was living in the Midwest and my life was about to get turned upside down. During that time, if you had asked me to be grateful for all of the change, I would have struggled to do so.
Yet now, looking back, I can see that those changes lined me up to be able to come home to California and create the life I have now.
Change is inevitable, and this is why we must cherish every moment. Notice the art around you. Take nothing for granted. Give thanks for the feeling of the cool breeze, the home you live in, the hug you're given. Say I love you. Say thank you.
Hold it all as sacred, because it is.