The recent attack at Kenya’s Garissa University reminded me of just how unpredictable and fragile life is. It can’t be said that the innocent victims were at the wrong place at the wrong time for they were indeed at the right place at the right time doing what they had probably dreamed of for some time; pursuing a long term goal and trying to secure a brighter future for themselves.
For some, being admitted at the University was most likely a dream come true and for others a rite of passage. Some were probably the first in their family to attend University while others, their family’s only hope for a better life. Whatever, the case, on that fateful day they lost their lives; many dreams and promises died as well.
Yesterday is the past and can never be re-lived, while tomorrow is in the future and cannot be guaranteed. Today, the present; is surely but a gift because it’s the only day we really have control over and can truly live in. It’s sad though because we have become so accustomed to taking life for granted and thinking that time will always be available to us.
We go to bed each night without much care for “tomorrow” and with the assumption that we will be present to witness the following day. Some people didn’t have the privilege of waking up & seeing today, the story of their life came to an end.
Life is unpredictable; it can change in a split second, usually without warning and completely turn our world upside down. We have come to accept the terrible lie that time is on our side. I am here to tell you that it isn’t. We postpone things for tomorrow that we could easily take care of today, put things on the back burner with the hope that we will re-visit them someday and allow ourselves to pass up opportunities because we believe they will present themselves again someday. Well, someday is here, someday is today.
It has been said that time wasted can never be recovered. Once a day has passed, it is gone forever and with it sometimes, the opportunity to accomplish things we have been putting off. One of the biggest regrets people share while on their death beds is having not lived a life that was true to them. Are you currently living a life that is true to YOU? Are you content with your life or do you feel like there’s a lot lacking in it?
We are so conditioned to just going through the motions and doing things for the sake of doing them, usually without giving much thought to whether what we are doing is really what we want to be doing. We give priority to things that don’t add value to our lives while sometimes ignoring and not giving much attention to the things we need to focus on. What is your purpose for living?
A life of regret is a sad existence. There are people lying in hospital beds today who wish they had embraced life more when they had the chance to and others making promises to start being more true to themselves when they regain their health. You have the gift of health on your side; do things while you can and while you still have the strength to.
What have you been putting off? What dream(s) have you put on the back burner? Maybe it’s finally time for you to go back to school, pursue your passion, let go of that habit that doesn’t serve you or start that business venture you’ve been meaning to. Perhaps it’s time for you to stop worrying about what others are doing or not doing with their lives and start worrying about and focusing on yours.
Life keeps moving whether we choose to move with it or not. It will never stop in an attempt to help you catch up or do the things you need to do. Know that it’s never too late for you to finally start living your life. Don’t wait until Monday, the start of a new month or to make it next year’s resolution. Do it now, do it today….do it before it’s too late!!!
Carpe Diem – Seize the day.