Over a decade ago, I had the honor of performing in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Rent." A predominant theme of the story is "No Day But Today," meaning "live today to the fullest - who knows what tomorrow may bring." Now, many years later, here I am...a mom, a wife, an actor, a teacher, a director, a writer, a homemaker, a "wake-up at 6:30-get the boy off to school-come home-feed the pets-pay bills-clean dishes-makes phone calls-memorize lines-return emails-research scripts-vacuum floors-pick up boy from school-help with homework-play Legos-fix dinner-go to the theatre for an 8:00 performance-come home at 11:00-crash on the couch" mama...it would have been easy to have let the theme "No Day But Today" evaporate from my daily life. But somehow, as I move through my third decade, that theme is resonating stronger than ever.
A voice teacher, years ago, said to me, in a melodramatic tone, "Women don't come into their voices until their mid-thirties." Meaning, that a woman's voice does not fully mature until her 30s. But, I think there was more to her statement than just that. There is something about the mid-thirties...the fact that at this point in our lives we have now experienced births and deaths, dealt with emotional ups and downs, made friends, lost friends, reconnected with old friends, made money, lost money... Many of us have seen the world - it's treasures and it's tragedies. We now have some "life experience" in our personal tool belt. And we have opinions, and goals, and passions, and dreams based off of those experiences. And we have learned how to juggle, to some degree, the home life with the work life. And we must never forget to seize each day and live it to its fullest. We are equipped to juggle all those balls in the air and LIVE!
What is that Mark Twain quote?
“Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”
What are some of your passions? How do you live each day to the fullest?