Today’s post is something I’ve been intending to do a long time, as it’s so pivotal in my life philosophy. At the same time and for the same reason I wanted to make it perfect, which was exactly why I delayed on doing it.
Sometimes my posts become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Things indeed haven’t been pretty lately – but I’m not gonna talk about that today. Today’s subject is all about realizing how short life really is.
Time Is Running Short
When I turned 24 I was very frustrated. I was feeling my youth ending and time was running short – now obviously life is much longer than just your youth and by living healthy you can extend your peak, but generally speaking the time is dwindling down fast and life will seem just a glimpse at the end.
I’ve always realized this. I’ve always had an acute sense that someday, I will cease to exist.
When I was a kid, this would make me anxious. Nowadays it’s the main fuel for keeping me urgent to keep living the life to the fullest. I can enjoy simple things as well because of this and am really rarely pulled down into a depressed state – last few days actually have been hard but thanks to these attitudes, I pulled myself back together quite fast. I recorded a video about this matter a bit over a week ago in Rovaniemi, so let’s check it out:
Now I’m not entirely happy with this video – you can see I’m kind of rambling, the lack of light makes my camera perform a little poorly and lack of practice lately really shows. Also my tripod broke down so I had to just shoot it with GF holding it. Given this is such a key principle of mine I am sure to cover it many more times in this blog and I am sure I will get it right in the future.
Enjoy Every Moment
The story about the Northern lights I tell you in the video really illustrates this principle – Because I know life is short and opportunities we have in life are limited, I really hammer the opportunity I have to the ground if there is even a little bit of a chance of success. Of course, in this case there was no downside to keep going, whereas in some situations there might be. Those would be different obviously.
You never know where life takes you. For whatever reason I might never be able to go back to Lapland and witness the Northern lights so I had to keep going that night. I walked long way out into the woods in nearby areas of Rovaniemi, trying to get away from light pollution. Of course, lady luck wasn’t with me as the clouds covering the sky failed to stop obscuring the stars.
But again on the same note of knowing the life is short, I was miserable about it. I didn’t resist it. Life is too short to get upset over things like that. It was a night of my life that I’m never getting back, so I enjoyed it as an unique experience. Every moment is an unique experience that you are never going relive, so you want to live it all to the fullest an enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy those moments of your life, well, the good news is that it will all be over very soon. It’s a sad yet also empowering fact of life. It’s hard to not feel the fire start burning in your belly when you start thinking about the fact that there isn’t going to be another time to live this day – so make the best of it.
Everyone knows we are going to die and it has become even a cliche. But most people never actually stop to think of it, or really internalize it. Some are forced to face it by going through a near-death experience. Most just drown those thoughts in hurry and in distractions, perhaps rationally knowing they are going to die, but behaving as though live it eternal.
Who knows what happens when you die, but for sure on this plane you have only this life. So make the best of it with urgency. As I said, it takes your whole life to fully learn the lesson that life is really short, but its worth it to really strive to internalize it. The better you learn it, the more it will drive you forward in life. It makes you fearless and tireless. After all, what’s there to be scared of when you are going to die anyway? You can always rest in the grave after all. Of course I’m not one to advocate burning yourself out – I like leading a relaxed life as well to counterbalance working hard.
Work hard, rest hard, make the most of your opportunities and live the life to the fullest – not a bad guideline to live your life by to anyone.
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I think I’m going to do two posts this week – after all, year is about to change and I want to look back into 2013 and start planning for 2014 as I did last year. I’m not gonna set a day for it though – just fill it in when I have the time.