Recently, a friend disclosed how 4 recent losses had caused him to rethink how he lived his life and how he interacted with others, including the world around him. This brought me to thinking and became the catalyst for this blog post.
I have noticed on several occasions, family and friends making drastic changes in their lives after the death of someone close to them or with several deaths in a short span of time. What thoughts were going on in their mind to cause them, in some cases to make life altering changes?
Perhaps thoughts of;
- Life is too short to not enjoy it now.
- If I don’t connect with family and friends now, when will I do it?
- What is really important to me; things, job, career, achievements or family and friends?
- Is what I am doing bringing me joy and happiness?
- This job is going to kill me; therefore, how important is the money?
- What am I saving my money for; I need to take the trips and vacations now!
Do you have to wait for life to bring death to your door steps before you live the life you want to live? What does the life you want to live look like for you? What is important to you?
I was once told “this life is for you too”. I realize you don’t know what life has in store for you BUT you can start to make different decisions and taking steps toward a different outcome or NOT!
When you are old (whatever that age is for you) and look back on your life will you be able to say “I did it my way?” Will you be proud of who you were? If not, choose differently now and be the person you want to be.
This reminds me of a class assignment I had to do in College, where I and my fellow classmates were asked to write their obituary as if they had just died. This assignment was in an effort to have us focus on what life we were living and what people might say about us. It emphasized that we had time to make changes if we did not like what we saw in ourselves.
Take a risk, be adventurous, be all that you can be…Go for it!
Life really is too short for many people, don’t waste your opportunities to be happy and shine.
Share your thoughts and inspirations with others, perhaps they will start to live life too.
All my best,
Barbara Gillett Saunders
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