People are always saying how once they reach that destination they're pursuing in their lives, they'll finally be happy. "Once I get this job, my life will be complete," is a common sentiment you hear a lot these days. But during a weekend getaway with friends to Atlantic City where we discussed everything from 50 Shades Of Grey to our own relevance, this question was posed: What if this was it? What if right now is as good as it gets? And what if we lived with this new mentality? Without the stress of "getting somewhere"? Would we be able to enjoy what we have rather than prolonging our own happiness for some intangible event to occur? I'm not saying to live without goals. But take it all in stride. Life is full of disappointments. Who cares? So what. That's life. Move on. If we could just put less emphasis on the destination and more emphasis on living in the present and focusing our time and energy on kids/marriages/friends, we might be happier in the end.
And on our way back from the opening weekend of Revel (See above), the new casino that's a cross between a Miami nightclub and a Vegas casino, my friend posed the question again: What if this was as good as it gets? As I looked around the grimy streets of AC, I thought to myself. This IS as good as it gets. And I'm fine with that. I'm more than fine. I'm happy.