During Memorial Day Weekend this year, I coordinated my 7th consecutive annual beach trip with 26 friends down in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  On the final night of the vacation, I like setting up a dinner and sharing a toast with everyone.  Not just because I enjoy the spotlight (which I do), but because I enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings when it’s most impactful.  On this occasion, I started off my toast with the following statement:

“I’ve learned that there are 2 types of people in the world…those that live in the moment, and everyone else…”,

I’m 30.  I’m at the point in my life where I know who I am (for the most part), I struggle to accept that my body can’t rebound like it used to, and I have a fresh face that could still be mistaken for a mid-20s person.  I’ve also learned quite a bit up until now.  I’m no smarter than I was before; rather, I’m wiserI’ve learned through experience – something that no textbook, class, or person could ever teach me.

So what is it that I’ve learned?  I’ve learned what I value. 


I will admit…I’m doing pretty well for my age.  I’m financially secure, own a nice house in DC, have diverse investments, and reached some great professional accomplishments thus far.  These things are due to a strong work ethic, and more importantly, being opportunistic.  However, there’s one thing that I can never earn more of…and that’s time.

I realize that when I’m an old man during the tail-end of my life, I’m going to look back and cherish how I spent my time.  I’m not going to care about the dollar figures, the properties, the businesses, or my professional title.  I’m going to care about the beach weekends, the international trips, the laughs, the cries, the love, the dinners, the sporting events, the concerts, and the great people that shared these moments in my life.

At the end of the day, the moment is all we have.  It’s a very unique thing in that it can never be duplicated, yet it can never be taken away from us.  We have the exclusive ability to waste it OR to make the most of it.  Nonetheless- 

“I’ve learned that there are 2 types of people in the world…those that live in the moment, and everyone else…”

I know which one I am 🙂


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