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Live Your Life

November 10, 2010

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth” – Henry Louis Mencken

Today I was reminded of a fact that I know all too well but is one that I’m not conscious of nearly enough.

Life is short.

Taken one way that simple sentence can appear harsh, morbid and full of sorrow and sadness. That particular stigma forces us, too often, to push it aside or sweep it into the corner. Out of sight, out of mind. We do not want to be reminded of our immortality. We do not want to think of things as having an end. Instead, we want and chose to focus on the beginning and the middle. When the end comes, only then do we decide to lift up our heads, open our eyes and tackle what has been in front of us all along.

Ignorance isn’t always bliss.

Taken this way, we live our lives half full. We do not make the most of each moment, each opportunity, and each breath we take because we chose not to think, at that very moment, that life is fleeting and is something that will continue to pass each of us by. All too quickly for that matter. Does that mean we have to walk around with morose thoughts running through our heads? No, absolutely not. What it does mean is that we need to wake up more often and realize what it means to seize opportunities, take risks and live our lives saying “What next?” instead of “What if?”

Regret is an appalling waste of energy.

Taken the other way, that simple sentence can empower us to live, to laugh, and to cry. It can empower us to do things and when we do them, we better be doing them 100%, even if we don’t want to and even if we are scared of what the outcome may be.

As I said, I know all too well that life is short. But when I’m reminded of it, I’m reminded that I need to go out and live my life.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2010 3:12 pm

    As always, you are wise beyond your years! Love you!

  2. Cathy Jooste permalink
    November 10, 2010 5:05 pm

    You are that person who always wakes up with a smile. You never want to go back to sleep and dream, but instead you get up and chase those dreams……………..

  3. November 10, 2010 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. It is kind of sad that it takes thinking about things ending (or seeing them end for others) to get us thinking about this kind of stuff. That said, I think our generation understands this (or should understand it) as well, if not better, than many others. We’ve been told our whole lives that we can be whatever we want to be and to make the most of our opportunities. But it definitely is something we need to keep reminding ourselves of, so we don’t get complacent.

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