I recently read a quote by an elderly Scottish man who was looking back on his life. He was questioned about certain tragedies that had occured in his personal life and he advised that regardless of what may or may not be in store for you, that the best thing to do is to forge forward and make the most of each day.
“Life cannot be postponed, it must be lived now. Do not wait for something to happen, for some future illusory event to take place; do not wait until it’s too late to learn how to live.”
Hindsight is 20/20 if you ask me so it’s easy for him to say, but it’s wise advice nonetheless. It’s such a waste of energy and a life potentially better lived to harbor ill-will, to avoid ourselves, to take the easy path, to building a protective shell. All in moderation – we’re only human after all! But too much of any of these dooms us to living a lie, never being who we truly are.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, or if you know me personally, you are probably aware that I’ve been guilty of indulging a bit too much in some of these hindrances from time to time. This has resulted from time to time in self-destructive choices, repressed and unresolved feelings stuffed away until reaching capacity – then blowing open with woe for all, and deferred or unfulfilled wishes.
But you know what I’ve learned thus far in life? That old Scottish guy is on to something! Why spend wasted time roasting on a spit over the proverbial flames of resentment? Why not speak your mind and just get it all said rather than wasting your energies – better spent elsewhere – fretting and hiding? Don’t be passive in life; don’t wait for life to happen to you. Get out there and make some choices, take some chances and don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Who knows what life has in store for us tomorrow? And the more positive ammuniton you store up now, the better a repository you’ll have to fall back on should it all go to hell in a handbasket tomorrow.
God – I feel like this post may have made me sound like some metaphysical, New Age, crystal-gazing healer. You can call me Rainbow. 😉 But trust me, the only crystal-gazing healing I do is through what I gaze at the bottom of my crystal rocks glass. Don’t knock the healing powers of a good gin & tonic!