Celebrate Everyday of Your Life
Is your best china sitting in the cabinet collecting dust? Is your bucket list getting longer instead of shorter? Are you waiting until everything in your life is going well and all the stars are lined up perfectly to start enjoying life to the fullest?
So many of us have become stuck in a holding pattern because we are waiting for someday: when we meet the right person; when we land our dream job; when we reach our desired weight; and the list goes on and on. What we don’t realize is that while we are waiting for someday, life is passing us by.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Reality shows aren’t real
The media is partially to blame for this. They bombard us with magazines filled with images of people airbrushed to perfection, television ads that show us all the things we “must have” in order to be happy, and reality shows that portray people leading glamorous, exciting lives with little more to do than to decide which party they should attend. Very little of what is presented to us is reflective of real life, but it has the power to make us believe that our own lives do not measure up. We feel as though we have to look like they look or have what they have before we can really enjoy ourselves. We have bought into an illusion.
Real life is what happens to us every day. It is the struggles, the victories, the laughter, the tears, the good times, the bad times, and all the in-between times stitched together that make up the fabric of our lives. It has nothing to do with how much we have or how good we look; it is about what we do with what we have, and how much we appreciate the time we have been given. Are we making the best of our lives every day? Are we challenging ourselves enough, or are we stuck in a rut? Are we finding things to celebrate, even on days when things don’t turn out as we would like?
Every day has the potential to be extraordinary
Most people would define an extraordinary day as one when there was some type of significant event, like the day they got married, graduated from university, or signed a lucrative contract. These are all wonderful occasions, and most definitely worth celebrating. But what about the little things, don’t they count too? Why not celebrate sharing a simple meal with a good friend, or finishing the crossword puzzle all by yourself, or looking up at the stars at night and feeling yourself to be one with the Universe? These are beautiful moments in your life that are often quickly dismissed, only to be remembered at a later date when you wish you had taken the time to savor them.
I’ve always loved the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off because the title character embodies someone who fully embraces life. On the aforementioned “day off” he pretends to be sick so he can get out of going to school. He then convinces his best friend and girlfriend to join him, and the three of them set off on a grand adventure. They explore their city, try foods they have never eaten before, view priceless works of art, and even take part in a parade that’s passing by. He turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience. What do you do on your days off? Have you had any extraordinary experiences lately?
None of us know how many days we have left. We assume we have time to wait for someday, but someday doesn’t always arrive in a timely manner. The time to go all in is now. Even ordinary days can be special if we make them so. Do something different, or better yet, do something that scares you.
Life will not be kept waiting. It is ready now and will move on without you if you are not. You are ready. Find a reason to celebrate. Celebrate your life.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
~ Hunter S. Thompson