The Greatest Day of My Life
My daughter just shared that the best day of her life was when - well we don’t need to share that, this isn’t about her.
Her sharing, however, got me to thinking and wondering what I would consider to be the greatest day of my life. The standard set of days we all get came to mind. The day I got married, the days my kids were born and all the rest. I even thought of a friend saying that the best day of his life with his first wife was when they divorced. This of course got me thinking about boats and how people often say that the best day of owning a boat is the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat. I don’t think the best day of my life has anything to do with the purchase of sale of a boat.
I think we are stupid for thinking of a specific day in the past as the best day of our lives. Are we seriously thinking that every day since then has been less? Yes, it was and still is an amazing day in my mind when I remember the day I was married. I still find it incredible to have held my delicate and fragile newborn children in my hands. At the other end of the spectrum I remember days filled with frustration and exhaustion waiting for some chapter of life to close. These days however are all in the past, and those days that I might look forward to have no guarantees of ever happening. I’d love to see the days when my adult kids mature to the point I stop wondering if they are going to make it into adulthood. But there is no promise that they will ever reach the at stage or that I would stop caring even if they did. There’s no promise that tomorrow will ever come for me or for any one of us. If those tomorrow’s do come, there is no promise that I will remember enough of my own past that I can remember my parents, my children or any of the days that I might have considered the best of my life.
No, I have come to the conclusion that the best day of our lives is the one I have right now. I am alive, I have breath in my lungs, I have a heart that beats and my mind is sound enough to remember the good and bad days. No matter what day it is, today is the greatest day of my life. Today I can make new memories, today I can enjoy being a father, today I get to struggle to be a better me, today I get to listen to my daughter, today I get to breath, today I get to do all things that make a day a good day or a bad day. Yeah, today is in fact the greatest day of my life.