Happy Super Soul Sunday guys and gals,
I am not a person who likes to be stuck in the past but I think it’s important to revisit the past every now and again. This weekend I had the chance to do just that by visiting the neighbourhood where I grew up and the high school I attended as a teenager. I am not sure what sparked the sudden need to go there but sometimes you get pulled towards certain locations that have had a profound affect on your life.
If you ever want to share something of great significance with someone, take him or her to the place where you grew up. It is one of the highest compliments you could ever give to anyone because it’s so deeply personal and so immensely important.
Driving through my old neighbourhood brought back a lot of emotions. The old stumping grounds of the high school where so many lessons were learnt and the many stories that were formulated. So many memories in the landscape of my childhood reconnected me with the person I once was and the fragments of that which I still carry.
My childhood home has been torn down and rebuilt but the street and the exact spot where it use to stand still carries great significance for me. It’s the place where a lot of my identity was formed and in those very streets amongst those very trees there will always be an extension of me.
I think sometimes visiting these spaces (as emotional and difficult as they can be) is really good for the soul. It serves as a great reminder to return to mindful living, as the past points out how we will never have these moments again, we are reminded to really live and experience the now.
As I left those streets and I left my childhood there, I realized just how short life really is. The distant memory of my childhood was refreshed to tell me once again, life is about now and living through each moment without constantly skipping to the next thing. And so I will leave you all with the reminder to live in the present moment.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh