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
The media is partially to blame for this. There are so many reality shows that portray people leading glamorous, exciting lives with little more to do than decide which party they should attend or which outfit they should wear. Most viewers do not realize that these shows are in fact, scripted. In other words….fake. The more we watch them the more we begin to feel that our own lives do not measure up. We feel like we have to look like they look or have what they have before we can really enjoy ourselves. We have bought into an illusion.
These shows are not reflective of real life at all. Real life is what happens to you everyday. 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 everyday? Are we finding things to celebrate, even on days when things don’t turn out as we would like? Are we challenging ourselves enough, or are we stuck in a rut? Everyday that we are alive is an opportunity to be extraordinary.
I’ve always loved the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off because the title character embodies someone who fully embraces life. On the forementioned “day off” he pretends to be sick so he could get out of 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. Many us know people who have worked hard all of their lives and waited until they retired to travel or do the things they always wanted to do. Sadly, when they finally did retire they were too sick or too tired to go after their delayed dreams.
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, something scary. Life will not be kept waiting. It is ready for you now and will move on without you if you are not ready. You are ready now. 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