It’s funny to think that the beginning of this sentence is a memory until you reread it. We think we are living in the present until we realize that everything we do is a memory. Waking up this morning was a memory, saying good morning to your parents or roommate was a memory, even last week was a memory. Everything you remember about last week, last month, and last year is a memory. Today is not the present, this very moment is. Actually the last sentence you read is now a memory- if you remember it. I bet you’ve never thought about life in this way.
Life. So much meaning packed into a simple four letter word. In a split second, your life could end.
One of my good friends has been in the hospital for the past week. Listening to her tell me about how scared she is and how much pain she is in brought up a few flashbacks from when I was in the hospital. It took the doctors a good two years to figure out what was wrong with me. I ended up having an emergency appendectomy at 10:30 one night, my doctors caught the problem right before it was too late. I remember laying in the emergency room, for the second time that week, watching my life flash before my eyes. Ok, maybe I’m being a bit overdramatic but… I haven’t been able to get the image of my father looking at me while sobbing out of my head. I see it every night as I go to bed and every morning as I wake up. That day, his face looked of pure heart-break. I was terrified that I was experiencing my last few moments on earth and that my life would become nothing more than a memory. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
These flashbacks made me realize something so commonly overlooked: your life can end at any moment. When you finish reading this blog post, you could be dead. In fact, you could be taking your last breath right now. Ok, enough with the morbidness I promise. I’m getting to my point.
Life is full of crazy opportunities. We have two choices: we can either participate in these crazy opportunities or let them pass us by. I’m not here to tell you what the meaning of life is, or that you should show everyone kindness (although you should) or that you’re going to die when this post is over; I’m simply here to tell you that life is what happens when you’re busy planning everything out. Believe me, I love my planners and would be lost without them! I’m totally a schedule and to-do list junkie! I am just simply encouraging you to take a step back from life, and start living. Go out and create memories that are so much more meaningful than what you ate for breakfast.
Here’s to making memories and keeping things covered up!