This is one of the most cliché quotes most of us know but I think people really should stop and think about it more.
We waste time doing things everyday that are meaningless like watching TV, browsing the internet, or just vegging out in our living rooms. If you think about it we don’t really have the luxury of wasting our time, we don’t have that much of it. Everyone wants to accomplish more in their life whether it be exercising, starting a business or just making more time for anything that you love. Most people end up doing nothing, or doing something that they don’t enjoy just because they are lazy or scared. Some of the “reasons” you hear for them doing nothing are: “I don’t have enough time,”I am not good enough,” “There are already too many people doing that,” “I don’t have the resources to do that,” “I am not smart enough.” The excuses and reasons for not doing something that you really want to do in your life are endless. This is where another cliché quote comes in, ‘When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Sometimes you just have to try something even when you are terrified. You will be glad you did after you are done and can look back later in life and be proud of what you accomplished. “If you’re are paralyzed with fear it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.” ― Steven Pressfield. Steven Pressfield calls it overcoming the resistance in his book “The War of Art.” The resistance doesn’t want you to succeed, it just wants you to be average and be safe. Don’t fall for what the resistance is telling you.
Another piece of living everyday like it is your last is the stress people feel from their day-to-day lives. Is it worth stressing about every little thing during the day? I just don’t think it is worth all the worry about everything. All you do is kill yourself faster by worrying about little things that will sort themselves out on their own with time. I think you should be thankful for the life that you have and make the most of it. Everyone has stress in their life but just take it one moment at a time and do what you have to get through it.
What really got me thinking about this is a post I read about volunteering at a cancer ward and asking the patients if playing it safe in life would be what they would do if they had another chance. You really don’t know how fickle life really is until you are about to die. It is a shame that it takes getting to this point to really wish that you have lived the life that you want to live. The main point that I want to get across is to just live and enjoy life. Take risks, make mistakes, just live. And as hard as it may be on a day-to-day basis, keep reminding yourself that you only have one life and you should live the hell out of it. The best quote that I have read is the following: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs.
The way I am trying to beat the resistance is by starting this blog and trying to get more involved with photography. I have always wanted to start a blog but never did it. Finally I just decided to jump in and start sharing things about photography (and other things on my mind) on this blog. I am also going to start trying to get paid jobs in photography this year which is a scary thing to think about. But if I keep working at it I know I will be successful.
Get out there and do something that you have been wanting to do!