Yep. I don’t know why it comes as a surprise for some people, but you really ONLY get ONE life. Yeah, yeah, I know… some of you believe in reincarnation, life after death, transformation, transcendentalism, etc… all those other “possible” conclusions. But, I’m not talking about those right now. I’m talking about the 50-100 meager years we get to walk on this planet. Well, some of us crawl, some of us run, some of us spend it on our backs, while others spend it on our knees, but you know what I mean. One life.
So, let me ask you… what are you doing with your life? Are you even living it, or are you just existing? Do you just go through the motions, or do take charge and move through the universe experiencing everything you can while you can?
People, we get one shot at it. Just one.
There have been some low times in my life where I wanted to end it, when the pain was too much to bear and I just wanted it all to stop. Abuse. Cancer. Death of a love. Divorce. Break up with a soul mate. Times I’ve felt so lonely, so lost, so unwanted, so unloved, so rejected, so unnecessary, that I just ached inside. Of course, my love for myself, for my family, for my friends, and for life itself always stayed my hand during those low points, but I’ve been there.
There have been some high times in my life where I never wanted to end, ones I wished to live over, and over, and over again. A kiss that melted me from the inside out. A touch that still gives me butterflies today. A hug that felt like it held together all my broken pieces. A moment of my hard work being recognized. The birth of my children, holding them for the first time. Laughing so hard I peed myself. Jumping from 2.5 miles in the air. Racing down white rapids. Watching an ant meander through the grass and meeting God. Writing. Playing my guitar. Kicking alien ass on my Xbox.
Life. A series of moments. Good moments. Bad moments. Loud moments. Quiet moments. I’ve lived a lot of moments. I’m not guaranteed one more. So, I want to make them count. Love the people in my life. Live my life being happy. Loving and being loved. Discovering and being adventurous.
I can’t imagine trying to numb my life with hate, drugs, alcohol, or behind a thick wall never letting anyone in, or with condescending judgment. It’s not always going to be sunshine and roses, and there are still dark days and dark moments ahead, but there’s always good moments, and bright moments, and life and love.
Be silly. Laugh. Take a chance. Jump. Kiss the girl (life). Dance. Dream. Sing. Touch. Smell. Stop hiding. Stop running away. Throw your hands into the air and let it go. It’s your choice. No one else to blame but yourself if you’re too coward to embrace life. For fuck’s sake… SMILE!
Till next time,