Time is fleeting. It may feel like you can 'do that later', but nothing is ever guaranteed. The only time that ever really exists is NOW.
And with that now, time with loved ones is to be captured.
My dad, Nader, worked from 6am, coming home 6-10pm 5-6 days a week since I can remember. Showing up for family at the expense of the societal expectation of 'provide selflessly for your family'. Along with my mom, Sarah, always there. Always showing up for the children. Often, I took it for granted. And still, they selflessly supported.
I remember in New York City in my 4th year of med school back in 2013, I was at a Gansevoort hotel party. High energy, amazing crowd. Suddenly, time stood still; The music froze. I panorama'd the room and realized that no matter how amazing my life is, if my family and true friends are at a distance, it will always miss it's full potential. I organized my things to go back home a month after.
I perceived Life hit me hard between 25-29... a blur. Apathy. Embarrassment and shame. Still, they supported. I felt pity for the circumstance I was in, and they did their absolute best showing up; loving; caring.
Then at 31, I made it onto the other side of my perceived insurmountable obstacle. I felt a sadness and a longing to go back in time. They were there, but I wasn't. Physically, not often enough. Mindfully and present, rarely.
Moments. It was shame and anger for not having capitalized on moments sooner. That is all we have.
More and more, parts of me realized the profundity of moments. Awareness is a beautiful thing.
And so, in my realizing value in moments, I decided last minute to take my dad to my favourite place that I've visited so far on earth... Las Vegas. Kidding; Monument Valley. A place of peace, vastness and remembering.
He agreed to the trip. Beautifully, moments were had. The series of NOWs were hilarious, grueling, insightful, awe inspiring, heart warming, reflective. I got to spend quality time where I was actually there mentally as much as physically with my dad for the first time in years, maybe ever. Thank you.
I invite you all to reflect on your NOW spent with loved ones. Time is fleeting. - 34 minutes ago