Although we’re in the middle of our Italy series, and also had a number of recipe posts planned, as a result of recent events, we feel compelled to write this instead.
Everyone knows the saying ‘life is short’. We say it all the time. We think it all the time. Almost as a passing afterthought. Without genuine consideration of our words, we fire off advice to people. Talking about how they shouldn’t wait until tomorrow, or how they don’t have ‘all the time in the world’. We say these things lightly, without realizing their true weight, or applying them to ourselves.
But how often do we actually stop and reflect on the true brevity of life? How many of us really consider the fact that everything we’ve put off for ‘tomorrow’ might never come to light?
Most of us just don’t. We don’t think about it for a number of reason. We’re busy, we’ve got a to do list a mile long, we’ve got work… We’ve got all these other things. Until we get that call, and our knees hit the floor, and we think of every single thing we should’ve done. All the things we should’ve said. All the chances we should’ve taken, and changes we should’ve made.
Suddenly, that to do list doesn’t seem all that important. And that job? It isn’t actually worth the time and energy you’re putting into it. All the things that we’ve prioritized end up being mostly the wrong things.
And time isn’t very forgiving once it’s gone.
We are not promised tomorrow. None of us have ‘earned’ tomorrow. Nobody is entitled to a tomorrow. No one even deserves a tomorrow. Each day we open our eyes again is an actual gift. And it can all end, or be turned upside down, in an instant.
Just take a moment and consider, if that instant came for you, or someone you love, what would your thoughts be? What have you left unfinished? Unsaid? What promises have you made that you kept pushing off?
And why do we wait until one of these moments blindsides us to even start thinking about these things?
The bottom line to this is don’t wait. Don’t wait to quit the job that’s making you miserable every single day. Don’t wait until later to take that trip you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t wait to tell someone important exactly how you feel.
Don’t WAIT to live your life bigger, brighter, and fuller.
We need to stop wasting our time by making unimportant things the center of our universe, and pushing off the things that actually matter for later.
If you want to do something, go for it. If you want to change something, do it now. Don’t allow yourself the opportunity to look back and be regretful of the decisions you made. Instead, live a life that makes you look back and smile, and say ‘wow, I did it all‘.
There will be a million excuses coming to mind while you read this. But just remember, every single one of those excuses will become insignificant if that call does come, or your own time does get cut short.
We get one life. We’re blessed with one life. Live it without regrets. Even if that means forgetting your past ones, and starting right now.
We dare you dreamers, to put these words into your own actions. Shut your computer, or turn off your phone. Pick one thing that you’ve been putting off, or have been too afraid to try, and do it. However big or small it may be, just do it.
Don’t tell yourself it’ll still be there tomorrow, because in all reality, today might be all we have.
So dreamers, here’s to living life TODAY.