Sometimes we’ll say something like, “I wish I met you five years from now.”
Perhaps that would have been more convenient, but on the other hand, you wouldn’t be the same person you are now if you met that person in five years.
You are who you are today in part because you met that person when you did. If you hadn’t met them, you wouldn’t have learned from them. Perhaps you wouldn’t have experienced the pain it caused, but you wouldn’t have experienced the joy either.
A person comes into your life whenever the universe sees fit. Maybe they’ll walk alongside you for a day, or a month, or a year. Maybe they’ll walk away for a while. Maybe they’ll come back. Maybe they won’t.
But if they do, you’ll have your history together, whatever it is. And that may make you five years closer to one another.
Five years stronger.
If I met you in five years, things might work out differently…
But we’d miss out on five years of knowing each other.
[Thanks to my sister for pointing this out to me.]