I recently saw the movie about time and because I am a sap with a large imagination, I loved it! The broad premise is that the main character, Tim, can travel back in time to make his life the way he wants it. As always, there is a catch, and Tim’s dad gives him a little advice on time travel:
“And so he told me his secret formula for happiness. Part one of the two-part plan was that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like anyone else. But then came part two of Dad’s plan. He told me to live every day again almost exactly the same. The first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us noticing how sweet the world can be, but the second time noticing.”
After Tim follows the advice for a bit, this amazing realization hits Tim (and the audience) as if it were a brand new idea:
“And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”
Now, lucky for us, we don’t have to use our time traveling powers to come to this conclusion, Tim and Ruth already did it for us. Spending life being unhappy or focusing on things we can’t change or don’t have isn’t living at all, it’s missing the life we could have. This is really what I envision papery rain celebrating, the extraordinary, ordinary life. Enjoy today; laugh too loud at a text, share a story that embarrasses you, enjoy the laughter of a child or the silence of the winter. Just be happy and live.