Holding back is inherent to human nature. A series of ‘what if’s, ‘one day’s and doubts flood to our mind when making a decision as small as whether to buy the magazine at the checkout counter or not, so it’s little wonder you hold back on taking that trip you’ve been thinking about.
Then something catastrophic happens – someone close to you falls ill, you lose a loved one, or a relationship ends and you find yourself in search of answers for the bigger questions -why me? what did I do to deserve this? what’s the point anymore?
At 22 years of age, I don’t profess to know everything about life. But I do know a thing or two about happiness. Chances are you do too, but it often takes a small reminder (like this blog post) for you to remember just how highly one should place happiness and living life (instead of just existing) on their list of priorities.
Happiness should be right up there with breathing, sleeping, and brushing your teeth twice daily – it’s something that can’t be ignored. Without it we don’t function.
So as the title of this post suggests, life waits for no one. But we certainly wait for life to kick us in the face before we make any recognition of that point. We know our time is limited and none of us know when our time on earth comes to an end (unless you believe in the 2012 saga and are living in denial plotting the next world’s end).
But if we know our time is limited, why don’t we make every second count?
Tomorrow. It’s perhaps the most commonly used and easily disguised excuse. No, you’re not convincing anyone else, let alone yourself.
We tend to tell ourselves that we will tend to the matter ‘tomorrow’, whether it be kicking a bad habit or kick starting a fad diet. Tomorrow comes and all of a sudden we’ve got another set back, so we push back today to tomorrow, and tomorrow’s tomorrow, and so on…
Time waits for no one
But the truth is there, plain and simple. We just don’t notice until it’s too late and we’ve lost the chance to go for it – because time waits for no one. Ask yourself, what memories have I created with those I love? I mean real memories that exist beyond the standard Christmas snap, which includes everyone decked out in Christmas Cracker party hats and a forced smile (with teeth, because you feel into the trap of saying cheese).
I mean the memories that exist off film, or more likely lying around on a memory card somewhere nowadays.
No, I mean the kind of memories where you can close your eyes and relive the moment – feel the sea breeze pass over you like a thick rush of energy, hear the laughter in the background and almost even hear a soundtrack to your memory – as if you were there in that moment.
So if you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Go on, take that trip you’ve been thinking about.