Life is NOT too short

It’s a stormy Sunday.  I’m at home with a pot of tea and happily watching the trees sway, the rain fall; I have my classical music softly in the background and I’m doing some of my best thinking.

You often hear people say “life is too short.”  I take issue with this adage.  Life is not too short, life is beautiful and full and a different length of time and intensity for every individual.  I think what people mean to say when they say this is that one oughtn’t be restricted by convention or social pressure and consequently deny him/herself happiness and contentment.

Ferris Bueller said it well when he said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  I guess people go through life without reflecting on their own happiness and satisfaction.  Maybe the trick to “slowing life down” or living a “long life” (however the length of time) is to do some reflection.  This can be internal, meditative, written, via conversation with loved ones, etc.  I guess the point I’m trying to make is your life is what you make it, why not make it a happy and full one.  Why not do what you love and makes you feel alive?  You have a fixed and uncertain amount of time on this earth so embrace each day.  My mom told me once when I was younger and insisted she was “no fun” was that everyone has fun differently.  Her tendency to be at home, reading, cooking, spending time with my dad was her idea of fun whereas mine at the time was going out with friends, eating out, dancing, etc.  It’s also important to share your life with people whose idea of fun lines up with yours.  (In my opinion. 🙂 ).

I am 28.  I feel like I have done a good deal of things in my life and am excited at what else life holds in store for me.  I am very well aware of my age and experiences but hope to embrace life by the horns and ride it for as long as I’m given.  The guideline for life — without sounding too prescriptive — should be one’s happiness, and of course, not hurting others.  If it makes you happy and satisfied to work a 9-5, you like the routine, then do it.  Find something you love and excel at it.  It doesn’t have to be what your father or mother or friend from the 2nd grade is doing.  Do you.

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