There is nothing as final, for us insignificant humans, as death. It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and shades. Sometimes it comes slowly, dragging on for years and sometimes it sneaks up on us with absolutely no warning. As I approach 70, I see the increasing need to utilize as many living moments as possible. I refuse to live this life with one foot in the grave, constantly wondering about this magical afterlife where there are no taxes, disease, indigestion, nagging spouses, flat tires… oh the list is endless! I choose to live in the present and utilize as many opportunities as life presents. This approach may lead to some uncomfortable situations but the rewards from seizing the moment are usually worth it. It is so easy to say no to new opportunities. These opportunities are generally scary in nature and may lead us to places we did not expect to go. But don’t you see, these are the places where the blood flows a little faster and the heart beats a little stronger, these are the places where life is lived!
I hear people say, and I am sure I have said it myself, that people in general are a pain. It would be much easier to live alone in the woods and never see another human. Yes, this would be easier, but with the bad comes a whole lot of good. Life is not about things! It is not about cars or houses or beautiful clothes. I am certain you have either said this or heard it in your day to day travels. Life is about people and the endless interactions we have with them if we choose. The happiest people I know are the ones who have many friends and are not afraid to try new things even when it is a little scary. Scary, within reason, is good! It makes you feel alive! So, snap out of it, turn off the TV, and when an opportunity presents itself, grab it like there is no tomorrow, because quite honestly, there may not be a tomorrow! This life is a one-way ticket, sort of like going to the amusement park for the day. You are in this big amusement park we call life, and you are the boss, you decide what rides you want to ride. Don’t leave the park without having experienced the whole thing.