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Making It Count!
Several years ago I was watching an episode of "Six Feet Under" on HBO.
In this particular episode there was a woman grieving over the loss of her mother.
At one point she asked the funeral director the following question.
"Why do we have to die?" He took a moment and then he said, "To make life important."
Whenever there is an unlimited supply of anything we tend to value it less.
A person in his/her early 20s may view a life span of 80 years as an eternity.
"Youth is wasted on the young" - George Bernard Shaw
The Most Precious Commodity
Time is the most precious commodity on earth.
We don't know how much of it we have and yet many of us live our lives as though we have 1000 years to go. The clock is always ticking.
In the back of our minds we know we're going to die but we continue to procrastinate with regard to doing things we say we want to do.
We're all believers in the "Church of Tomorrow".
Time is the one thing you can't recover.
When a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year passes by it's gone forever.
Mid-life Crisis or Mid-life Awakening
There comes a point in everyone's life where they eventually realize time is running out.
This awareness of a finite number of years may begin to sink in at age 35, 45, or 55. Our trigger points vary. For some of us it begins when more and more people in our age group start to die, high school/college friends, siblings, or co-workers.
Another person may get a reality check when their new boss is 10 or more years younger then them.
It sends a subliminal message indicating they have climbed as high on the corporate ladder as they are likely to. Some notice the difference in how other people treat them.
A woman may notice men aren't eyeing her as much as they use to and younger women refer to her as "mam". A man may pay a young woman a compliment and her facial expression screams "dirty old man!" or he's having lunch with a male co-worker and the waitress asks if the co-worker is his son. AARP mails them monthly newsletters with invitations to become a member. The "empty nest" may serve as a trigger for others.
No matter who you are at some point you become aware you have more years behind you than ahead of you.
A large segment of the population refers to this period as a "mid-life crisis" but I tend to see it as being more of a "mid-life awakening." Either way you look at it the train has left the station and it's up to you to decide how you want to complete your journey.
The best way to make the most of each day is to act as though there is no tomorrow. Understandably this is not always practical however the purpose behind this approach to life is to get you moving. Stop wasting time!Bucket Lists
Keenly aware that we don't have an infinite number of years on the planet it is up to each and every one of us to decide upon those things we'd like to see, do, or accomplish before our final sunset. Life is a personal journey and no one can decide what is important to you.You are CEO & President of Me, Inc.!
Make a list of things you want to experience, places you want to visit, and things you want to learn. Plans, dreams, and goals give us something to live for and strive towards.A Life Without Dreams Isn't Living, Only Existing
Some of your goals will be easy to accomplish others may require extreme creativity and still others may not become a reality before your time here is done.
It's been said, "It's not the destination but the journey" that gives life it's meaning. Whether you're a billionaire or homeless in the end we're all going to die. You may as well try and swing for the fences while you're up at bat. Let us be remembered for how we LIVED!
The World May Not Owe You Anything, But You Owe Yourself The World!