One absolute truth about life is the fact that everything in life is temporary.
Nothing lasts forever.
Be it people.
People come and go. Some stay longer than others. But no one will be there forever – be it because some people are just not meant to be there with you for the long haul, or because life sometimes gets in the way, or because death comes for all of us…
Things aren’t everlasting – they are not permanent. Some things perish, others lose utility, while some get lost somehow.
Experiences fade. With time some experiences disappear while others fade, and some just get replaced while others are blocked and forgotten.
The point is, nothing in life is forever.
So it’s important to make the most of what you have right now.
People – Live fully with the good people in your life. Fully enjoy the time you have with them because you never know how much time you have with them.
Things – Make the most of the things you have. Get the most out of them so that eventually when they aren’t there you won’t have any regrets (e.g. don’t just buy things if you aren’t going to use them or enjoy them).
Experiences – Embrace the experiences you have (and seek out). Fully enjoy the good ones, and learn from the not-so-good ones.
It can be challenging, to pay attention to things now because we get distracted, and life gets in the way. But that is what often leads to regrets.
It’s not hard though. Being present in the moment – being mindful – is a great place to start.
Live your life, rather than spending all your time and energy on trying to make life happen.
Nothing in life is permanent, so it is important to make the most of what you have while you can.
Are you mindful of the people, things, and experiences in your life?
Are you living your life, or too busy trying to make life happen?
Fear itself is not inherently good or bad.
How we react to the fear is what defines its impact on our lives.
Fear, in fact, can be good.
As long as you know it’s purpose.
As long as you know how to use and harness it.
Fear is demonised a lot these days as this bad thing that causes people to fail.
But here’s the thing: we developed the fear mechanism for good reasons.
And this is the most important one > fear keeps us alive.
The problem with our fear mechanism is that we let it overpower and colour too many things in life.
We overuse it.
Fear itself isn’t bad or unproductive.
How we react to it is.
Here’s one way to change that and deal with fear more productively:
Next time you feel fear, don’t just opt for your first, automated response.
Take a moment, assess if the situation really is something to be scared of, and only then decide on your best course of action.
Think, rather than act on your fear without thinking.
You can only get better at dealing with your fears by facing the things you fear.
That can only happen when you think before you give in to your automated base reactions.
And when you realise that your first (automated) response is not always the best response.
Your reactions determine your quality of life.
And your future.
So think before you act.
I’m not talking physically, because that hasn’t happened yet (but hopefully soon…).
No, I’m talking about impact – the impact you have, and living on through your deeds.
Think about people like Archimedes, Alexander, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale.
These people have been deceased for a long time, but they still live on through their deeds.
What they did, their work etc, was their legacy.
Their legacy has made them immortal.
It’s not easy, having impact on that scale.
But I do believe it is within everyone to effect that level of change, to create that sort impact, to change the world that much.
Will you be able to do it?
No one will know until it happens.
But if nothing else, it will be hell of a journey.
Go after your incredible goals.
Don’t let them intimidate you.
Let their scale enliven and encourage you.
Use that as a motivator.
Work to be immortal.
If you just had one minute to live, would you be happy with the life you’ve had?
If not, why not?
What can you change your life to live one that would make you happy?
Most people do major life evaluations, and change how they live, after catastrophes.
After life and death moments.
Which is great and fine and ok.
But not everyone gets lucky.
Not everyone trapped in a flood, or earthquake, or tsunami, tornado, etc etc survive.
There are no guarantees in life.
So why wait?
Why not make today the day when you decide to live the life you want to, rather than waiting for a life and death situation to re-evaluate?
You might as well make the most of the time you have, because tomorrow might never come.
Go for the life you want.