Make It Count
Don’t let time pass you by.
We spend our lives endlessly preparing for our next steps. Whether it be a career, furthering your education, or simply readying yourself for retirement, you never stop preparing.
We’re always looking forward to our next next. So, when do we really start living?
I always found this concept of life confusing. I always knew that I wanted to have an exciting story when I grew old. I wanted to be able to put on my tombstone that I truly lived, as cliche as it may be. Yet, as I grew older, I quickly realized that life moves fast and if you don’t move along with it, you find yourself becoming a zombie.
We have to go to school for 12 years as children to attend college for four more years as freshly-minted adults. Then, we’re supposed to find ourselves at our dream job and live behind those white-picket fences of the “American Dream.”
Don’t get me wrong — I want that as much as the next girl. I didn’t grow up having everything I wanted, and sometimes not everything that I needed, but I did grow up with as much ambition as I could gather. The idea of this perfectly curated, stable, and secure life is very appealing. Yet, at the same time, it’s not.
We make all of these plans for our future, often saving the best of them for retirement. Who’s to say that we’ll be here to live out those dreams?
Perhaps the key is living in the now, taking in every last sight, experience and conversation as if it is our last. But that’s not realistic.
The truth is that I’m not going to be constantly living my life as if it’s a movie. Dream as you might, but we don’t all get the chance to slow down. We’re preoccupied with our own problems.
Our lives are fleeting, moving too quickly to catch up. So, then how do we live our best lives?
Make it count — a cliche, but an important ideal nonetheless. Every day is a test to see if you were better than yesterday. Can you say that you try to improve every day? Maybe, maybe not.
It’s in the little things: how much patience did I have in traffic? Did I learn from yesterday’s mistakes? Heck, did I wake up on time?
Every day is a new start to change your life. By simply being a better person, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to grow and make a difference in each moment.
So, tip your waitress a little extra for her kindness. Thank your local mailman. Spend a little more time with family and friends. Make time for yourself. In all that you do, make it count.