I’ve always lived my life like I’m going to die tomorrow. Literally. I have a fear that this is my last breath, that it could be the last time I eat this mac n’ cheese, the last time I swim in the ocean. This fear of the unknown, the fear of what could be (in a bad way) keeps me on my toes, motivates me in a way that isn’t easily described.
“There is time for everything.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
I stumbled upon this quote this evening and well, I agree and don’t agree. You don’t know HOW much time you have, which is why I always strive to inspire myself and others around me. I’ve been putting off Thailand for two years now. I still haven’t been to Vegas. The romantic in me keeps thinking Brad Pitt will finally leave Angelina and wind up on my door step with daisies and a bottle of vodka.
It genuinely bugs me when people older than me tell me how young I am, how much time I have. How do YOU know how much time I have?!?! If you say this to me, you’ll often hear me exclaim “But I only have 60 more years left!” and many scoff at me. But if you think about it, if you had 60 M&M’s and there wasn’t a new bag, wouldn’t you realize how precious those M&M’s are?? I had someone counter my argument by saying, “well sure, but if you knew those were your last candies, wouldn’t you find them utterly precious?!” not knowing they were proving my point anyway. Mr. Edison, I hear your logic and REJECT IT. There ISN’T time for everything, because humans procrastinate by nature. We reject the very idea of our own mortality, living every day like we will have a million more.
I’m turning 26 in less than 10 days. Which means, if I only want to live until I’m 85, I have only 59 more years left now. I better get crackin, because there is still so much to do and see.
Please, do NOT take this blog as an “awww bummer, we’re all going to die eventually.” Instead, this week, do the following:
1. Smell the air. In a field, not by a street.
2. Pet a dog. Isn’t the fur super soft??!
3. Start a book, any book. Let me know what you’re reading!
4. When you smell the air in a field, lay down a blanket and guess the shapes in the clouds. When was the last time you did THAT?!
5. Eat cake. Life is good with cake. Show me a picture please!
6. Eat bacon. Scientists say each slice takes off 9 minutes of your life span, but uhm…bacon is worth it. (if you’re a vegetarian, please feel free to use the fake stuff)
7. So is fried onion rings. Go have some of those. You could die tomorrow, you deserve it.
8. Tell everyone you know you love them.
If you do all eight, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. In Fact, if you do all eight and have pictures to prove it (because it ain’t real if there is no pics) I will gift you a photo session. No joke. Because if you do ALL of that AND prove it, you deserve to have some beautiful images to go with your beautiful life. You beautiful person you.
So go forth and be fabulous. I know I will try to!