"Today is a gift."

It occurred to me today, on a more emotional level, how I worry so much about the future, wanting to prepare for it emotionally, but now that I've looked at some experiences and had some new ones and thought about that, I realize it's really almost impossible to prepare yourself emotionally for your future - for the good things, as well as the bad. It's just... in a different time. And therefore a different state of mind.

So really, all those messages to "stay in the present" made more sense to me now. I think it's helped that I've had a lot of things happen over the past three or four years, and so that gives me more of a "meta" frame of mind.