Saturday, 12 February 2011
The bigger picture
I'm a big one for living life to the full. I don't mean that I have a list of 10 New Things to do Every Day (there's a lot to be said for losing an afternoon with your nose in a magazine), and I certainly don't mean that I am never in a bad mood - my boyfriend will vouch for that one.
No, I'm talking about not wishing your life away; not waiting impatiently for the weekend as soon as you wake up on Monday morning, not willing it to be 2012 because 2011 isn’t turning out quite the way you had hoped for so far (it’s only February after all, so you’ve got a long wait) – you get my drift.
If you are always wishing your life away, think about this – where are you so impatient to get to? Death? No, I thought not, but if every stage of your life isn’t good enough for you, when you do end up knocking on those Golden Gates you’ll find yourself turning around and saying "wow, I wish I hadn’t spent so freakin’ long being unhappy".
You shouldn’t spend your life hating your job when let’s face it, your job takes up so much of your life. The majority of people work 9am-5pm, 5 days a week. That’s 2,080 hours a year (give or take a holiday or two). That’s a whole lotta time to spend hating something.
If you don’t like something; change it. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you, because they won’t. Don’t say you can’t, because you can. It’s a cliché but you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
But while it’s important to strive for your goals, remember also to enjoy the journey and enjoy the here and now – take a moment to realize all that you do have, rather than fretting about all that you don’t have. Because some of the things you have now were the things you yearned for in the past – and now you have it, so give yourself a pat on the back and feel very pleased with yourself.
No matter how long we all have on this earth, make sure you can turn around at any point and say "I’ve had an absolute ball".