We all need reminders that life is precious. Sometimes those reminders come in the form of something amazing, something out of this world, something exciting. Other times it comes in the form of an unfortunate event, a devastating loss, a shocking reminder. We all know that life is short, that you need to live life to the fullest in every moment. Sometimes we forget that in our daily lives.
Until something happens. Something major. Something that just pulls at your heart strings and tears you apart. But the reality is that life will always go on. How you choose to deal with it determines what type of person you are. You can let bad things bring you down, or you can let them build you up. You can become a stronger person.
When life hands you one of these reminders, good or bad, take some time to appreciate it for what it is. It may be a gentle reminder, or may be a shove in the right direction. Either way, realize that you’ve been given an opportunity to reevaluate your life.
Our whole community recently experienced one of these tragic reminders. While it hit very close to home for us, it also devastated many families in our area. Because we never want to get to the end of our lives and look back thinking we missed out, we need to live. Now.
Don’t let this life pass you by. Don’t get to the end of your life and wish you would have done things differently. Let this serve as a reminder to you that life is short. You should live each day to its fullest, you should be the best you possible, today.
The day pictured serves as my reminder. It will always remind me how amazing life is. How beautiful the world can be. How even though it is filled with yellow weeds, those weeds can be gorgeous. How you can look at something with a better perspective, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Don’t waste another second thinking you can put something off until tomorrow. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, tell your friends how important they are. Say hi to strangers, greet them with a smile. Be a little nicer to the people you work with. Take each breath in full, and exhale with a purpose. Remind yourself that you’re alive. Don’t waste any more moments.
(All pictures taken by me, please request use via email)