We’re told this every time we open social media and there’s another pretty picture of nature or arty shot of someone living on the edge with an inspirational quote. We’re told this by our elders who want to encourage us to get off our asses and do something with our lives. We’re told this by marketers to get us to hurry up and buy their product before it runs out or before we die.
And the funny thing is it’s neither true or false. Time is consistent, but it’s how we spend that time and the way we feel during our lives that makes it seem to be short or long.
A person who works all of the time in a job they despise just so they can afford the fancy holiday once a year will see their enjoyment time too short and want to jam as much as possible into it.
A person who does what they love every day and isn’t planning a holiday because they don’t need to recharge their batteries in the same way as other people will think that they’ve lived a long and fulfilled life.
It’s all about perspective. A happy attitude will change your life. Simple. Just like a pessimistic attitude will affect your life.
And for that reason, we should do what gives us the greatest joy, those activities that make us smile and stop worrying about what others think of us. We should fall in love… a lot. Find passions and dive into them for as long as we can handle it. Move on and discover more things.
Since when has playing by the rules worked well for anyone? And who came up with the rules? Screw acting in a proper manner; I want to eat cake for breakfast, wear knee high striped socks with my skirts, swear in a general conversation about penguins.
And if I become obsessed about something, I want to throw myself into it. Research everything known about the subject, try it out for myself, talk to like-minded people, go on a pilgrimage to find the origins of it.
And then lose interest.
And then find something new to absorb my passions. But not because life is short. Because it’s my life.
If a person wants to be a judgmental troll and try to enforce some stupid rules by stigmatising others… so be it. It is up to everyone else not to listen to that bullshit and continue living their lives the way they see fit. Block it out people! Don’t listen to those who would eat cake only for “special occasions” and so don’t understand the importance of eating it for breakfast.
Since this is my life and I get to fall in love with anything, I’m choosing to…