Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
You can never have it all. But, you can make the greatest out of what you do have.
A wise man is he who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Life is too short to be lived badly
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
If we do it now, we’ll never run out of time.
I really like this idea.
From a rational standpoint, you will run out of time eventually. But you won’t care as long as you are acutally present and working on something with focus and passion.
Have you ever worked yourself in some sort of frenzy over something? You probably have, but let me share this personal memory of mine:
I can clearly remember young me playing with lego bricks just for the sake of doing it. I did not know how much time I had and I did not care.
5 minutes? Go play Lego! 5 hours? Go play Lego!
Apparently the concept of “Meh, it’s not worth to start now, I just have some minutes left” is a mindset that we adapt as we get older but I want to encourage you to forget about it every now and then.
Because, let’s be honest: Those moments when we forget about time and everything around us, when we focus just on the task we are doing, the game we are playing, the book we are reading, the person we are talking to, those are the moments that actually make us happy, the moments that make us feel alive.
Those are the moments we want in our lives.
When was the last time you were so absorbed in an activity that you completely forgort about your surroundings? If the answer is not ‘today‘, make a ‘today‘ out of it today!
And now excuse me, I might have to fish my Lego out of the basement.
Just think how happy you’d be if you lost everything and everyone you have right now, and then, somehow got everything back again.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful. And don’t forget to make some art (write, draw or build or sing or live as only you can) and somewhere in the next year, I hope you suprise yourself.
Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
Harry Emerson Fosdick