"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist." - Oscar Wilde.
After a life altering event, we often say, "Life is short," or we post, "life goes on quotes," on facebook but are we taking steps to live life to its fullest after this reflection of our own mortality? I would venture to guess that once the dust settled after a tragedy you pretty much picked up where you were before; in the rut that most of us live, day in and day out.
I WANT TO LIVE DAMN IT!
Yes, life IS short! As we get older its seems to go faster as well. I used to "live" for a future date most often. "I can't wait for summer. Is it Friday yet? I'll be happy when I get that other job. If only I had that new car." That was not living.
I made a conscious choice about 10 years ago to live a life that I adored. This took a lot of self discovery and much trial and error. Even though I didn't enjoy everything I tried, I loved trying new things and getting to know me better in the process.
For those of you who say, "Yeah, if I only I had the time or the money," I say to you, "Poppycock!" I'm sorry I had to get so strong with you but that's total B.S. I know because I had very little of both when I started my quest for living life to its fullest.
I had two young daughters, I was a single mom, I ran my own business, the economy was not amazing at the time but it didn't stop me from exploring my local area. I also found ways to take small trips and enjoy different cities. There's always a way.
If I can do it - so can you. Get determined to live and you will.
GRATEFULNESS IS A KEY
Being grateful for what you DO have is a big key in really living life!
You may be rolling your eyes and complaining about your mortgage and terrible job and horrible kids. You may even feel that this is your lot in life and it's what you have to deal with. Horse pucky! You are living unconsciously but you don't have to. It's not your NATURE to hate life, it's a paradigm you developed since birth. Paradigms CAN shift and change. Start with a daily gratitude journal about what you do love about your life. What you focus on grows.
Are you living or are you unconsciously moving through a life that isn't even your own? You have the power to change this. Is it easy? Absolutely not. But, begin with small steps, start a gratitude journal, then start exploring your local area, meet new friends and try a new hobby or two.
If you continue to branch out for the rest of your life, you'll never feel life was too short.