We Only Ever Have Today.

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Sep 11, 2012
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Photo: NYTimes

I was in a job interview.

People started running around and yelling and making phone calls.

I looked at what was up on CNN on someone’s computer and my brain couldn’t make sense of it. It didn’t seem real. I thought my dad was flying to California, so I immediately tried to get him on the phone. It was chaos. It turned into days of chaos. Weeks of chaos. Checking in with friends who lived in the city. Watching the news. Not being able to stand the news anymore so we watched a DVD of old Seinfeld episodes to feel something other than sad and horrified.

On September 10th, 2001, I was staying in the Millenium Hilton next to the World Trade Center. We had been in the city for a wedding. My (then) fiance and I talked about going to the top of the towers. I had been before and he hadn’t, but we were short on time and funds so we said, “Next time.”

Next time is an illusion.

We never have next time; we only ever have now.

It was a small loss, a minor disappointment in the wake of so much destruction, but it taught me something enormous.

The only day we ever have is today:

When I saw this posted to Facebook this morning, I remembered what day it was.

It’s today.

Today is the day to tell people you love them.

Do that thing you’ve been putting off.

Be more generous than you have to.

Be fully present.

Hug a little bit longer.

Celebrate, just because it’s Tuesday.

Have the second glass of wine.

Write a letter, a real one, and send it.

Call the person you’re mad at.

Say you’re sorry.

Be extraordinary.

Give everything, everything, because the only time you can is now.

Don’t save anything for next time.


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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


10 Responses to “We Only Ever Have Today.”

  1. Adrienne says:

    I love you Miss Kate. I suppose I am the 2nd strongest girl in the world.

  2. cesar says:

    wonderful reminder.. thank you Miss Kate.

    – cesar

  3. Lori Ann Lothian says:

    Beautiful! Winne the pooh and wise kate. I WILL have that second glass of wine. 🙂 hugs

  4. coco says:

    Thank you for talking about 9/11 today.

  5. Jodee says:

    Thank you. Love this.

  6. Well done, Kate.


  7. Anne says:

    A beautiful post to print off and read again. And again.

  8. Dearbhla says:

    Beautiful Kate. Thank you.

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