To the Dog We Thought We'd Have Forever
If you grew up with a dog, you understand the irrational thought that he / she would live forever.
You went through so many stages of life with a companion that shared everything with you.
Your first Christmas.
Your first kiss.
Your first car
First day of high school.
Last day of high school.
Going to college.
Then one day you wake up and realize how far you’ve gone in life and it seems like yesterday your dog was still a puppy sleeping next to you in bed.
It’s a scary feeling.
Feeling like life is slipping through your fingers one phase at a time, and you can’t quite grab it and enjoy it in the moment.
One day you’re a kid playing with your dog outside…
Then one day you’re in college and you get a call saying your best friend for fifteen years past away…
Then one day your kids are leaving you for college.
It makes my mind go crazy thinking about the past and getting depressive.
That I should’ve enjoyed something a little bit more, I wasn’t appreciative enough of somebody, or I should’ve done something different.
Then I’ll start thinking about the future and get anxiety wondering what I need to do better to plan a life checklist that will lead to success and happiness.
However, when I think about my dog, it reminds me to stay in the present.
I need to take more moments of looking around and feeling grateful for what’s around me because one day you’ll wake up and realize how much things have changed, with only your memory to look back on.
If there’s something special in your life, take a second to really engrain it into your memory.
Regret is one of the worst feelings, especially when it’s regarding something you can’t fix.
I thought my dog would live forever, and I feel like I didn’t take enough time to really look at him and appreciate everything.
Now that he’s gone, I have a lot of happy memories to look to for comfort, but I still feel as if I should’ve done more.
Life can seem fleeting, but if I think if I slow down my thinking and really focus on what I have around me in this present moment, it wont change how fast life goes but it will make it seem not as bad.
It provides a nostalgic feeling of happiness.
Not all of life’s most fulfilling ones are ecstatic and happy.
I think to get the most out of life you need to experience a regretful sadness, as it’ll show you how valuable the little things are.
I thought I’d have my dog forever, but I’m lucky to have learned so much from him.
I learned how to connect with something.
What real relationships feel like, so I can better maneuver through the smoke and mirrors that come along.
I felt a sense of security knowing that there was somebody looking forward to see me every single day.
I learned companionship walking through my small town and seeing him look back every five steps to make sure I was still there.
I thought my dog would live forever, but looking back I’m kind of glad he didn’t.
That sounds terrible but keeping a dog forever would be a cop out.
Growing up with a dog is a priceless life lesson.
If you’re a parent thinking about getting your children a puppy. Do it.
Your child will learn a ton and feel the rollercoaster of growing with something then losing it, teaching appreciation.
I feel like I don’t express my appreciation enough, but I think my dog taught me a lesson while I’m young that’s hard to learn, and that’s to be present in the moment and be grateful for what you have.
- White Eyed Rowdy