Jackson Salisbury

Savoring the Present

He was once a nobody but still happy.
Then his luck was tested and fate intervened.
He bought a golden ticket,
Which in turn got him the green.

Some say our prime is our twenties.
But we delay our prime until later.
In your twenties through fifties you work,
To save up for the future.

Society then upgraded him to a somebody.
Although he had stayed the same.
But, when his wallet got bigger, so did his head,
Since there was money to his name.

So you can move to Florida.
Everything goes towards retirement.
And then you relax.
Now you’re living in the present.

But soon all the glamour did not appease him.
For an even better life he had seen.
Wanting more, he invested in risky stocks.
Then his luck was tested and fate intervened.

But why didn’t you relax in your twenties?
Everything for your future.
Everything for your prime.
Which starts when you live for the present.

His stocks all plummeted, and were worth little.
Although he had stayed the same.
But now he’s upset with his nobody life
Where he had once been happy, what a shame.

In the end you have to enjoy what you have.
Think of today not tomorrow.
It is never the future. It’s always the present.
Think less of then, more of now.


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