Preparing for life is not the same thing as living a life that hasn’t happened yet. And it is definitely not the same thing as living a life that has already happened. Preparing for now — with beginning thoughts for future “nows” — helps us to live life as it was intended. This doesn’t mean that we can’t anticipate or be excited about an upcoming “now” — it just means that we should not live that future “now” until it gets there. Doing so just dilutes the now, and that coming “now”, which dilutes life…