I wish I could go back to middle school and fight to play the drum set in the band room a little harder.
I wish I could go back to high school and ask more questions in music theory.
I wish I could go back to college and practice a bunch more.
I wish I could go back to last week and change some stuff to.
Can’t. Why? Just one chance.
At any given time we’ve got just one chance. One chance to get the very most out of the moment. No matter what that moment is, its not coming back. Ever.
Sure, we can experience things more than once but not moments. I might have private lessons with my students every week but I’ll never have that private lesson again, and this private lesson will only be here for this moment and then its gone.
Whatever is in front of you get the very most out of it. Especially if its a learning experience. Milk it dry, its not coming back.
Even your leisure time. Really enjoy that sun set. Hang on every word of that book. Hear every note in that album. Get the most out of it. That moment is never coming back. Ever.
It requires immersion. Experiencing things peripherally isn’t fulfilling. The reason we wanna pull that cell phone out to pacify ourselves has everything to do with us and nothing to with our surroundings.
No matter where you find yourself there’s plenty to pay attention to and to take in. Its just whether we choose to absorb those things or not.
I’m trying to make the most of my one chance more and more every day. Let’s do it together.