Just Live

October 26, 2009 § 1 Comment

We all go through various crossroads in our lives. Some of them are easy to navigate. Some take a little longer, or require a little more self-introspection before passing through.

I saw this hanging up in the office the other day. Not necessarily a Pulitzer winner in terms of literary devices, it still has a great message, and seemed to resonate with me and the current intersection I am working to cross…

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will.
You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it’s harder every time. You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You’ll fight with your best friend.
You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back. Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
-Unknown

“Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.”

That’s an interesting and simple way of looking at things, and so true. Often, the simple way is the best way. I think that as a society, we often get too caught up in planning ahead. All our money is saved for a rainy day. Home improvement projects are based on increasing the value of the house for the day you sell it. We shop for clothes a season in advance. Every career move we make is based on how to get to our ultimate career goal. We buy a car based on what we think our future needs will be (Well, we need room for the dog and kids and camping equipment, so we will be ok when it’s time for a family vacation. Of course, we have no kids yet…)

Granted, it’s smart to plan ahead for some things. But do we really need to be so caught up in all the, “What happens if…”? Instead, we should focus more on what’s happening now. If everything we do is based on supplying our happiness at some far off future date, will we ever actually feel satisfied? How do we even know if we’ll ever even get to that exact spot in our lives? We have no idea what other roads we may follow before that point, that may lead us in a completely new direction.

If we live our lives for the future, do we ever really live?

Make every moment count. Stop yourself at least once a day to just take a deep breath and enjoy what’s around you. Treasure what you already have. Let your loved ones know they matter. Live your life so it will always be a full life – no matter what stage you are in. Enjoy every moment and find something to laugh about every single day.

Just live.

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