You never really know what you have till it’s gone…cliché, I know, but there is a lot of truth in that statement.
After a series of thought provoking events including a funeral, a dream where my dad passes away, and my 3 month long trip, I have yet again realized how important it is to seize every opportunity you have in life and to enjoy every moment.
Okay, enough of the cheesy talk, and lets get down to the real business of this. Again, after re-reading The Witch of Portabello while I was in Syndey, it re-confirmed to me one of my favourite quotes that I try to live by: Live today as others will only live in the future.
This quote is extremely powerful to me since it has allowed me to be okay with my spontaneous decisions, and for those who know me spontaneity is not my forte. I feel ok with spending my money on my passions and travel and partying, and enjoying my life how I want to enjoy it. I feel ok with spending my money how I do only because you never know what the future holds for you.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t plan for your future and save your money for a home, or a car, or for a family that you plan on having in 5-10 years, but at the same time live a little! Go out and spend a little money on a weekend away with friends, or a shopping spree, or a month (or longer ;0) ) travelling a country, or getting dressed up and going out dancing with your friends.
Planning your future allows us to have goals and a direction in life which a lot of us need in order to function ‘normally’ or properly in the world and I will be the first to admit that I am someone who enjoys structure, but after my trip I have lessened my grip on my need for structure and I am now enjoying the smaller things in life and not taking for granted the people who are in my life.
I’m encouraging everyone out there to follow your dreams and your passions and to do the things in life that make you happy. What’s the point of living life unhappy and miserable when there is so much out in the world (in your city even) to discover and explore.
Go enjoy your life with the people who you care about and who care about you, and be spontaneous, you never know what new things you may enjoy =)
*written May 6, 2011