"This isn't a rehearsal. This isn't a dry run. This isn't a pre-performance routine. This is it. This is real life. Don't wait. Savor every minute."
I used to think life was a chore. It was something I had to get through. My biggest wish was happiness and yet it felt unattainable. I try not to live with regrets. I always did the best I could with what I had available to me at the time, including knowledge, support and resources, but I can still feel sad for the two decades I 'wasted' between 10 and 30 being largely confused and so terribly sad. Every day feels like a gift now, so precious, so sweet. I feel lucky beyond words. And I feel blissfully happy, even on the days I'm sad.
My life hasn't changed externally all that much, except in my teens I had no real responsibilities and all I had to do was learn and in my 20s I travelled the world. Now, I work every day with a fair amount of responsibilities in my life. I envy the teen and 20-year-old and their lifestyle and yet I couldn't appreciate it at the time.
But I'm still in the same body, I still have the same family, I'm still in a relationship, I'm still me (just with more wrinkles and rolls).
What has changed is my attitude and the way I see things and think about life.
So, if you're not savouring every moment, you can certainly learn to.
Your life, your choice.
Until next time, stay safe - and sane - and be kind, to yourself and others.
We only get this one shot at life so why not make it a beautiful one?
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