How to make your "Good Old Days," today

I think all of life can be summarized in a quote from the last season of “The Office,” which I’ve recently been re-watching with my husband.

There’s this character, Andy Bernard, who spends most of his time trying to somehow prove himself to his peers. In the last episode he delivers a line that I think the world needs to pay attention to. He says,

“I wish there was a way to know you are in the ‘Good Old Days’ before you’ve actually left them.”

So isn’t it ironic that we spend most of our time worried about the future, somehow convincing ourselves that if we hunker down and grip on tight enough today, we’ll have what we want tomorrow?

In that process, we throw away the “Good Old Days” while we’re in them.

Don’t throw away today waiting for tomorrow.

I practiced this last week by taking advantage of hanging out with two of my best friends since childhood. On a Tuesday morning.

Melissa has a horse and invited us (we are never really free on the same day) last-minute to come ride Aria and hang out. We all leapt on the opportunity and spent several hours together. Joking about the past, existing in the present, preparing ourselves for the future.

But mainly, we were just there for each other. Enjoying the day, making new memories. Clinging on to our “Good Old Days” before, unbeknown to us, they slip away.

These are some of my favorite photos, because yes, my friends are dope. But also because these ladies are some of the toughest people I know. I can see their multifaceted souls in these images, from Becca’s mischievous smile to the ease with which Melissa connects and cares for her little beast. Melissa works as a registered nurse on an oncology floor, Becca has been working in women’s health for years, and is taking the next step to become a registered nurse.

These girls inspire me with their strength everyday, and I’m so glad they’ve put up with me for two decades. Melissa & Becca, thanks for being my "Good Old Days."