Real Life Happens in the Moment

By Samantha McKenzie

Real life happens in very brief, random, fleeting moments. Sometimes we miss it.

It can be made up of split second decisions or the final result of well thought out plans…either way, it unfolds right before our eyes.

Real life happens way before you walk into an auditorium to receive that diploma. It probably started when you opted out of the distractions and chose to focus on studying those few extra hours.

Real life moments happen way before you got invited on a stage to showcase your talent. It began when you picked up a hair brush or that kitchen utensil and made it your first microphone. These are the moments that define your life. They don’t often get recognized as such, but they happen daily and are the real bricks and mortar of you.

Real life is that moment when you decide to tell the truth, because you know in that instant that the lie isn’t worthy of you anymore. It happens when you’re not confused nor wishy-washy about your decision. It’s when your mind is made up and there’s no swaying you. It’s when your yes finally means yes and your no simply means no.

1332264470-o-AFRICAN-AMERICAN-LOVE-COUPLE-facebook.jpgReal life moments are the small pieces of time that help build character. It’s the place in time where principles are etched. There’s no applause when it occurs. There aren’t any fireworks or fanfare. You won’t be able to capture it and post it on social media. It just happens.

Sometimes, it will look like forgiveness to a friend for a decade old misunderstanding or a smile that was just meant to make someone’s day. It’s real and you’ll feel it, if only for a moment and it will mean something to only you. Stay awake for it. This is real life happening.

Real life doesn’t come from watching the lives of others. Celebrities can’t produce a real life moment for me nor you. Your parents, try as they will, won’t be able to provide you with it either. It’s all on you.

So make your real life count. Explode in the small steps you take towards your big dream and let it guide your passion. Pay attention to the brief encounters and the daily decisions that get you closer to the real you. Take advantage of every moment that you create because they were made with you in mind.

Be in the moments.

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