A few weeks ago I was driving with Genoa when she got all metaphysical from the backseat.
"MOMMY! Set your phone! In two minutes it's going to be THE FUTURE!"
I REALLY hated to burst my girl's bubble, but I had to.
"Sorry, Sweetie. But in two minutes it'll still be now."
...Now is all you get.
When I said it, I immediately thought of Patrick, and like every one of my tattoos, BOOM, there it was. Behind my right ear. His handwriting. The perfect twin to the Yes behind my left ear. Three profound little letters.
I realize that NOW isn't technically part of the mandafesto, but when I really think about it, the mandafesto is ten thousand percent about the now. I wrote it because I was done living in the future. I wrote it to remind myself that I not only needed to live in the present, but that I should do so with intention.
I wanted Patrick to write it on me because I had the distinct privilege of being part of his transition from living in the future to living in the present. Making the choice to be happy now instead of waiting for things to get better when... [fill in the 10,000 blanks] isn't ever easy.
Frankly it's a choice I've been struggling with myself lately. I've been living in the past. Patrick's been waiting for the future. When we're together it's only ever now. And the time races by too quickly.