I’ve had some reminders recently about how finite our lives are. About how precious our time is. About how much of it we waste on completely useless and detrimental things. About the time we waste on drama, and news, and everything except what fulfills us.
I’ve realized also that negativity is an addiction, and it is constantly fed to us everywhere we look. We all know the news is almost exclusively focused on bad stuff happening. They’ll throw in a cutesy feelgood fluff piece now and then, but usually it’s about how messed up things are. I’ve let that overwhelm me at times.
Our lives can sometimes be shorter than we want them to be, and I don’t want to end up thinking about what I had the opportunity to do, but didn’t. I can’t count how many times in recent years I’ve just decided to stay home and sit at my computer rather than go experience something. I’ve wasted quite a few years, and I already regret it. But, I can make it a point to not give myself reason to regret from now on!
It’s finally time to walk the talk and surround myself with people who similarly wish to be creative and positive. To get out there and help with projects and don’t just sit and waste away. To be less cynical and more kind. To make someone’s day. To stop worrying about hurting people’s feelings and just stop enabling their self-pity with my attention. Sounds harsh, but dammit, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re going to make some effort to enjoy life, or if you will sit and be an emotional sinkhole. If you need help, get help. If you want pity, I can’t help you with that. I’m here to uplift, not commiserate.
Find things you enjoy. Find things that are new, that you might enjoy. Find something creative to do. Every moment you spend on grumbling and moping and avoiding really living is time you may as well not even be alive. Of course there are things we must take care of that are not enjoyable, but they don’t fill all of our time. The world may suck, but you don’t have to.
Time is precious, and I’m choosing to fill mine with as much awesomeness as I can!
© 2015 William Suphan
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