The photo above was actually one of a series of billboards, but I like it in seclusion…… To Life….. something so many of us take for granted………. something that can be painful in one moment and abundantly joyful in the next….. something confusing, gratifying, infuriating and accomplished – sometimes all in the space of one day.
I see so many people today who seem to not understand what a gift life is. Somehow they have lost touch with the precious reality of how temporary our existence is on this planet. Unfortunately, for these young people, often the only thing to help them understand the value of life is when they lose a friend or other loved one…. only then do they start to comprehend that this life we take for granted is really nothing to take for granted.
So many people are quoted as saying that life is too short to waste time or energy, or in the words of Darwin “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” yet, we still tend to throw away the time we have. William Wallace said, “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” How many of us are really living our lives? How many of us have an understanding of the delicacies of life? How many of us life each day as though it truly is our last? How many of us live each day with little to no regrets? This is my ultimate goal.
Today, 299 days ’til 40, I will remind myself of the value of my own life and the lives of those around me. I will strive to life each day to the fullest and encourage those around me to do the same. As we step out and boldly live our lives, we inspire those around us to do the same.