The 31st of August 2012 – Washington, DC

(found taped to the cover of an overdue library book)

For the Future,

So the Wheel of Life turns, and – whether it swings us up or down – we are wholly at the mercy of its fortunes.

Years and years ago, you stood at the door of a school bus, which – because of the tears in your eyes, had been reduced to a streaky yellow blur. Somehow, surprisingly, you stumbled on board, found an empty seat – alone, of course. You survived that first day, which was good because there were about a million more to go through.

A handful of grades later, when walking home from that same bus stop, you saw time stretch out in front of you. There were nine more months left to the seventh grade, and years more after that.

“God,” we’ll both remember thinking. “How much more of this do I have to go through?”

Then you blinked.

Then it was senior year.

“God,” we’ll both remember thinking. “Where did all of that go?”

Then it was another first day, more nerves – like always – but a few tears for the first time since that first day so many years before. There was a dorm room and a roommate and a kitchenette. There were hundreds of thousands of nooks and crannies scattered all around campus, and finally the freedom to explore all of them. But, somehow, none of them seemed to fit.

Then you blinked.

There was another cap and another gown and another diploma.

“Huh,” we’ll both remember thinking. “How?”

And, for the first time, there was no scorn, and there was no joy or laughter or frustration or sadness or regret. In fact, it instead just seemed unwieldy.

Because then you looked ahead, and time stretched on in front of you, but it was only there, without schooldays or essays, grades, exams, lectures or classes that you could use measure it.

What it always was, the coming of a new year, was a reminder that the world spins around a star that spins within a galaxy that spins, and for all that spinning, there isn’t much point in crying about getting dizzy. There isn’t much point in arguing for the horribleness or the difficulty or hatred or fear in the world. There isn’t much point in doing anything but searching for the good moments, forcing them into being and sharing them with others.

So that’s it.

-The Past

 

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