I remember the day well. I was working non-stop for a start-up company at the time. I often traveled week after week and barely had even settled into my new home in downtown Philadelphia. I was on a path with my career and nothing could stop me. The phone could ring at any hour of the day or night and I would jump for it. My family and friends had become relatively non-existant in my life as I constantly cancelled plans or turned down invitations due to work obligations. The day had been a particularly draining one and it was nearing 8pm and I was just getting home on a Friday night. I walked over to my local coffee shop, Good Karma Cafe, and up on the wall I saw it. This painting, the one I have featured above.
I was so taken. It was like the visual was crying out to me. These young children on the hood of the car were taking a moment, sitting back and enjoying just being with each other. They were soaking up the outdoors and living life. It made me take pause. When had I last done this? Could I even remember?
At that moment I knew I needed to have this painting. But more than that, I knew I needed to make a change. It was like the sky had opened up and poured down upon me the revelation that there was a lot more to life than climbing up the corporate ladder and/or making lots of money. What good was all of it if I didn’t live my life? And moreover, what about not having anyone to share my life with?
I ended up finding out the artist was a local guy from Philadelphia named Adam Cohen. The coffee shop owner gave me his number and that was that. I called him and met him and got the painting. But there was so much more I knew I needed to do. I knew that I needed to figure out how to change my life so that I could soak up those moments that really matter and surround myself with my loved ones. I am proud to say, I was able to do this. I made some really drastic and dramatic changes to my life and now I am happily married and expecting my first baby. It seems like the former me is almost like a dream. I can’t even imagine going back to the shell of a person I was at that time.
So I as you, have you taken the time to define what really matters to you? Are you living your life in a way that you are honoring that? I hope you will. I also hope you will take away from my story that it isn’t too late. If you realize you are off course, make a shift. Chart your course back to what really matters for you in your life. Time is precious.
Picture Source: Adam Cohen, Philadelphia Artist and Illustrator