Do you know someone who is afraid to live? Really live? Someone who’s life consists of strict routine, each and everyday the same with no deviation, no adventure? A person who has locked the door on anything new and shut the door to the world, happy to live alone in a box with no distractions?
Is this living? Or merely existing?
How can you live life to the full if you never reach out and embrace it?
We only grow if we are challenged, if we have to overcome obstacles in our path. A body builder doesn’t sculpt those muscles by lifting the same ten pound weight over and over again. He challenges his strength by increasing the weight on the bar, tearing down muscles to rebuild them stronger. He knows what he wants and works hard to make it so. He doesn’t let a little set back keep him from striving to reach his goal.
It’s the same way with life.
If we never accept a challenge, or test our abilities, how can we grow into better, stronger people? If we are comfortable accepting what we have, what we are now, for the rest of our lives, can we really say we’re living?
I’m not saying we all should go out and try to climb the Matterhorn. We don’t need to run a marathon. But we should reach out for something to define who we are. That could be writing a book, composing a song, painting something uniquely our own.
It could be opening our heart to someone once again and risk having it broken.
We need to let people into our lives, to share and exchange ideas without judging or interpreting motives. Accept them for who they are, not for what we want them to be, and see where it leads.
So many people think that everyone else sees the world the way they do, but this is incorrect. Two people standing side by side, who witness the same event, will each view it differently.
They aren’t standing in exactly the same spot, so their perspective is different.
They have different life experiences which will temper what they’ve seen accordingly.
Even identical twins will develop different life experiences from each other, as it is impossible for them to be in exactly the same place, at exactly the same time throughout their lives.
If you never let anyone close enough to know you, to change your perspective, you’ll never know what you could have learned or become because of them. If you never attempt something new, you’ll never now how well you would have done or how much you would have enjoyed the experience.
Seize life firmly, in both hands, without judging, and do something. Learn something new, do something different just for fun. Embrace each day as an opportunity to experience life and be grateful for it. Don’t simply exist.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecc. 9:10 NIV)
Go out and live, enjoy life. Make it worth living. Don’t drift with the current. Use it to propel you on to something greater.
I challenge you to seize life.
Ciao amici miei…