Life is Too Short to Waste So Start Living It Now
I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours” ~ Bernard Bereson
Life is too short.
But you knew that already, right?
It’s a basic truth waiting to be discovered by each one of us. A fundamental lesson that we all learn sooner or later.
Life is far too short to waste.
It races by unbelievably fast … and seems to pass even more quickly the older you get.
That’s why we need to make the most of every second, minute, and hour we have. It matters that you spend them in the best and fullest way possible. You deserve nothing less.
Perhaps you’ve not yet come to appreciate just how precious your time here really is.
Hopefully, when you do, it’ll make a huge difference to the way you live.
You see, while most of us know that life is too short, very few of us go that one step further and allow that powerful fact to guide our everyday living.
It’s only when you do this that you open up the potential for great things to happen in your life.
A Lesson It Took Nearly 20 Years to Learn
When I was 12 years old, I was rushed into hospital with a burst appendix.
As I was taken away to be operated on, the doctors said that I was very lucky. If I’d been even an hour later arriving in the Emergency Room, there would’ve been nothing they could’ve done to help me. The poison was spreading throughout my body. It was serious.
Thankfully, the medical team saved my life.
My recovery took over six weeks and I couldn’t do the things I’d normally get up to like going to school (hurray!) or playing with friends. All this was extremely difficult, confusing, and frightening for a boy who was still not even a teenager.
You’d think that such an intense ‘near miss’ experience would have drastically changed how I viewed life from then on; that I’d seized life and given it 110% ever since.
This wasn’t the case.
I guess I was too young back then to understand what had happened at a level I could make sense of. The following years came and went without me caring whether or not life was too short.
Then, when I turned 30, I finally got the message. Over the years in between, I’d become overweight, unfit, and unhappy with things. After a few weeks of asking myself some serious questions, I found the key to changing my life.
It was actually quite straightforward – it dawned on me again that life is too short to waste. Deep down, I knew that I was squandering my life by living in a way I wasn’t happy with. The two-decades-old lesson was sinking in at last.
With this refreshed attitude in mind, and along with a lot of hard work, I managed to revamp my lifestyle and improved my health and how I felt massively.
It might’ve taken all of 18 years to learn the lesson, but it finally hit home.
I’m sure you’ve got a variety of stories to tell of how you’ve come to appreciate that life should be grabbed with both hands. I’d love to hear them.
I’d like to share a few inspirational quotes in the hope that they’ll give you encouragement to get as much out of your life starting from now:
10 Quick But Meaningful Quotes to Help You Start Living Right Now
1. “Live every day as if it were your last and then some day you’ll be right.” ~ H.H. “Breaker” Morant
Far from being a sad and depressing attitude to have, admitting to yourself the reality that we will all have a ‘last day’ is incredibly liberating. You stop wasting time and begin to see both the meaningful and the trivial in a new light. If you let it, this new perspective can encourage you to spend your valuable time in more meaningful and satisfying ways.
2. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Don’t put off until tomorrow those things you should really be doing today. We can always come up with an excuse for not getting round to something we’d rather not face – for whatever reason. You delay because it’s too difficult, too emotional, or even too boring. While you hope you’ll get another day, you can never be sure. Deal with the really important stuff first, today if at all possible.
3. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Life may be too short, but you can pack a huge amount of good things into it if you try. It’s got nothing to do with age and everything to do with your attitude. A 25 year old can have many more worthwhile experiences in a shorter period than a 52 year old – and vice versa – if they’ve got a ‘live to the full’ mindset.
4. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.” ~ John Burroughs
There is an endless number of things we especially want to do with our scarce time. However long we may think time stretches out before us, we usually find that there is never enough hours in the day to get round to them. Don’t let that put you off. Just go do as many as you can squeeze in!
5. “Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.” ~ Marie Ray
Are you waiting for a better time to come along before you act? When you find yourself postponing those steps you want to take, think again: this moment could very well be your ideal chance to succeed.
6. “Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living’s fine,” and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.” ~ Russell Baker
Most of us would agree that it’s essential to put in all we have to get as much out of life as we can. But, in real life, many people don’t ever totally commit to doing this. It seems that we believe the notion of ‘maximum living’ is a no-brainer, but find it difficult to adopt for ourselves. Don’t wait on the sidelines of life looking on as a bystander – be an active participant.
7. “Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.” ~ Samuel Johnson
Sometimes, we like to over-complicate and over-contemplate our lives to the point that we’re no longer able to see the obvious. Try not to think so much about what you should do or you’ll end up doing nothing. Be more spontaneous.
8. “You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.” ~ Joan Baez
There are two options: You can either live life to the full or not live life to the full. It’s your call.
9. “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” ~ Author unknown
Far too many dreams go unfulfilled. Countless ambitions remain unexplored. Goals are left unachieved. All because those who had them never got round to doing anything. What a wasted opportunity. Never be that person who didn’t at least try.
10. “Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.” ~ Dr. Seuss
As always, Dr. Seuss states it simply and puts it best: What exactly are you waiting for?
Life is too short.
It’s all so brief, and far too quick to pass.
There’s so much to experience but not nearly enough time to do it all.
You know all of this already, but do you live as if you do?
Why not start today?
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