Talking About a Lifetime Plan

“Would it turn out right?
How to tell you, girl
I wanna build my world around you
Tell you that it’s true
I wanna make you understand
I’m talking about a lifetime plan”
– Little River Band, “Reminiscing”

Nothing beats the thought of committing to a marriage when it comes to thinking about the future. Even the act of proposing is fraught with suspense. This pair of adopted benches in Central Park, New York, seems to tell an on-going story. bench_8247bench_8252

The wedding itself is a joint commitment to the future.

Whether in Ghent with a horse-drawn carriage…

In Saigon…


Or a beach wedding in the Philippines at sunset…

It’s all about The Future, nothing else matters, it seems.

But it’s actually also about the present, because only when the present is full of hope and anticipation can we imagine a beautiful future.

“We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway…
And tomorrow we might not be together
I’m no prophet and I don’t know nature’s ways
So I’ll try and see into your eyes right now
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days”
– Carly Simon, “Anticipation”

And oftentimes the future we imagine is one where we can enjoy reminiscing about today, because today is what we hope will become the good old days of tomorrow.