The future starts today

The future starts today, not tomorrow.” –Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005)

gotcha! the future is in my hands!, 12"x9", pen and ink on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

the man looks back at his life
examines it
and as if in disbelief wonders,
“was i born to live the life i have now?”
he ponders for so long
his eyes fixed to the ground,
after which he stares at the horizon ahead
still not knowing the answer to his question.
and then, even more perplexingly,
as though searching for a second opinion
asks himself sheepishly another question,
“why was i born?”
then he finds another person
who seems contented and happy about life
not far from where he stands.
he approaches this person, a woman,
and asks her the same first question
which he himself couldn’t answer with certainty.
and, lo and behold,
the woman answers readily
and willfully, so sure of herself,
that the reason she lives the life she has now
is because she was born!
her answer stunned him
for how can she be happy
while he is not!?
still astounded, he thanks her
and off she goes her way,
his eyes following her walk
her sure steps away from him.
then it dawned on him, as if an epiphany–
the answer he has been so keenly searching for all his life!
that the distance between him and her
is the difference between misery and joy,
the missing link between the “then” and “now”!
only then does he realize now
that the self-fulfillment or discontentment
a person experiences
is actually the “work-in-progress”
between the time this person was born
and this person’s present life.
now he feels enlightened
gathers himself,
looks up to the sky in gratitude and supplication
and walks further ahead
toward the horizon.
he assures himself
that he will rebuild his tomorrow
by working on his life today.
he feels reborn, elated and grateful
because now he truly believes it is never too late to change,
that today defines the future,
and that his very own future must start today.

forget it! don't stockpile for tomorrow by digging up the past today, 12"x9", pen and ink on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper