10 Sep Making This Life Count
A phrase (or rather an acronym) that became fairly popular a few years back applies directly to what I’m going to write about today. That acronym is YOLO. Every now and again a song comes out that seems to infect us with its catchy lyrics and beat. Drake’s “The Motto” happened to do just that. When this came out back in 2011, it seemed like every conversation that you would have with someone would include this popular phrase in it. As these four letters became more and more ubiquitous, Drake was able to take a saying that had been used for years and make it popular for a new generation. “You only live once,” had young people and fans of Drake thinking about their lives. And while hearing this phrase all the time became fairly annoying, the idea that “you only live once,” was still very true.
We don’t live in a world where we get multiple lives. It would be nice if we lived in that kind of a world, but, alas, we are born one day and then, if we’re lucky, we will live a long life and finally pass on when we’re old and gray. During this time from our birth until our death we experience many different events and opportunities. Each day is something new, and each day is a chance for us to experience completely different events and opportunities than we had the previous day. Some of these end up being for the better and others not so much. Some of these things we have control over and others we don’t have very much control over. But for those moments that we do have control over, we should definitely make the decision to take advantage of that fact.
We have the choice to make our lives as fruitful and as wonderful as we can make them and we should do everything within our power to make that happen. If we only have one life then we should make the most of it. We should choose to interact with people who are going to add smiles to our lives and not frowns. We should go places that are going to give lasting joyful memories instead of sorrowful ones. We should have careers that will bring us fulfillment instead of a constant state of dread. We should do everything that we need to do to maximize the pleasures in our life and decrease the negativity.
It’s your life positive thinker. Not your mom’s or your dad’s or your sister’s or your brother’s or your friend’s or your lover’s. It’s yours and you should live accordingly. While it’s important to do things to make the other people in your life happy, it’s equally as important to do things in your life that are going to make you happy. You should want to help the other people in your life live happy lives, but you shouldn’t want to do that at the expense of your own happiness. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like your own happiness is being put into jeopardy then you should run away from that situation as fast and as far as you can.
While eighty years may seem like a lot of years, it definitely goes by in a blink. Ask any adult and they’ll tell you the same. As cliché as it sounds, it seems like it was just yesterday that I was graduating from high school. I was young and eager and excited about everything life had to offer me. Fast forward years later, and I have lines in my face that won’t go away, a few gray hairs in my head, and a little less excitement about life than that bright-eyed 18 year old had all those years ago.
That is why I write this post not only for you positive thinkers, but for myself as well. Before I know it, I’ll be eighty years old, and I know that I don’t want to look back on my life decades from now and come to the conclusion that I didn’t live the life that I wanted to live.
Now’s the time for you to make a move in your life positive thinker. If you’re unhappy with how your life is going right now then change it. I know you’re probably thinking “easier said than done.” And it’s true. It’s easy to say that you’re going to change your life for the better, but it’s difficult to actually make this happen. It’s probably going to require you to do something out of your comfort zone, but it’s something that you’re going to have to do if you want to live the life that you dream of.
Positive thinker, it’s your life, and only you have the power to decide what’s going to bring you the most happiness. And because of this, I suggest that we make a pact right here and right now to stop living lives that bring us unhappiness. If you’re in pain then change it! I’ll do it if you do it.
We only have one life to live positive thinker, so make sure it counts!