Stars fizzle out in the universe, buildings crumble, river rocks wear smooth with the passage of time. The distance between ‘then’ and ‘now’ is a nanosecond and an eternity, at the same time. That distance is most relevant to me now as I am in the crone stage of life. I have journeyed through child, lover, mother, and grandmother. I have worn many labels throughout this journey; rebel, counselor, teacher, artist, visionary and adventurer. The labels are not of my doing. They come from how others have seen me at certain points in my life. I am none of these and all of these at the same time.
I wish I could tell you what thoughts come to me about the eternity that has passed. You see the distance between then and now has been filled with so many experiences; some joyful, others not so much. The journey has lasted many lifetimes. Too many to speak of. You see I have been here before and will likely be here again.
Knowing the future is not really knowing about the future. It is about knowing which path to take now. Not all of us are out to catch what we need to survive in this life, but also, what we need to be reborn in the next.
We can live out this lifetime in the middle of the stream allowing the rushing waters to wear us smooth. Or, we can cling to the shore and remain jagged and rough.