I only have four more days left as Trisha Christine Blackwell.
My name carries with it thirty years, eleven days and 7 hours of identity, memories and life. It is all I have ever known. Yet, in just 96 hours I am leaving it behind and running towards a new name. The anticipation of this great life change that comes with marriage is unlike any other feeling I’ve ever had in my life. I am inexpressibly overjoyed with a childlike peace that I haven’t known since I was a carefree little girl.
Time seems frozen, allowing me to feel every beat of my heart in a way that I have never been able to before. Every little detail of life has been magnified in beauty. It’s not often that we get to plan and anticipate for the changes that life brings to us, so when does slow down enough to seem literally tangible, I take notice. It’s like a gift from Above — the slowing down of my perception of time —allowing me to commit and capture every detail of my joy to memory that it might stay with me for the rest of my life.
The next time that time freezes for you, take note. There is wealth in time and so often, it slips unnoticed through our fingertips. Time is the great equalizer: we all get twenty-four hours of it per day. No one knows when their last day will be, or what tomorrow might hold and we are all equally capable of learning how to live in the present of the present. Be present today, whether time feels fast or slow to you, for in everything there is a lesson to be garnished and life to be lived.