I don’t know about you, but I have always heard that life is short and I have to make the most of it. Logically, it all made sense: of course I have a finite number of days to live the life of my dreams. Today something changed, and I know what precipitated it. A quote. A sentence among many, strung together like words in a song. So innocuous, yet so profound.
“This is your life and it’s ending one second at a time.”
Not only does this play on my deep fear that time is running out, but confirms that it is doing so and QUICKLY. Bit by tiny bit my life is slipping away. It becomes relegated to the past, a nonexistent place that the last twenty-eight years now live.
What is extraordinary about this realization is that it has opened something up within me that no other sentence about death has done. I have full control over EVERY SINGLE SECOND of my life. How I choose to spend each of those seconds is of the greatest importance. I could spend it on social media, napping, exercising, watching television, reading, you name it, I can do it. What this causes me to reconsider is that my seconds are precious. They are rare jewels that I must guard because, guess what, my freaking life depends upon it.
I am now committing to use up these seconds to my advantage – they are the building blocks for the next one hundred years, for goodness sake. I am imperfect, this I can freely acknowledge. Not every second will be spent in a way that is best for me or in the exact way that I want. The ultimate goal: to walk towards a life in which every second IS spent in the way that is most meaningful to me. The driving force, what cannot be taken away, is that I want to live a full life. I want to be so spent from excitement, knowledge, travel and love that at the end I welcome what comes. That I can open my arms to the unknown and honestly admit that I have loved every single second.
A call to action seems overdone, instead, I propose a goal: let us live each second in a way that makes our souls light up and sets our hearts on fire. I promise to give every last bit of myself to this pursuit. Will you join me? Who knows how many seconds we have left.