Much has been said about how short life is, and about the necessity to follow our dreams and make the most of our time on earth. But even though we acknowledge this, we still go back to our regular routines, taking for granted that things will always work out for the best.
Sometimes, though, life throws us curve balls. Recently, I went to sleep in a hotel room on the East Coast, eager for dawn to come so I could jump on a plane and fly home to see my children again. However at 1 a.m. I was abruptly awakened by the shrill beeping of the fire alarm. I quickly gathered my wallet, cellphone, some clothes and scurried out the door. Thankfully the fire was contained, and I was able to exit the hotel safely; after a couple of hours we were allowed back in.
When I was outside, along with another 200 people, waiting for the emergency to pass, I started looking around and it dawned on me all the things we assume. Our biggest assumption is that we will go to sleep and wake up the next morning with things exactly the same as we left them the night before. We assume we will always be able to resume our life from where we left it.
Furthermore, we take for granted that when we leave our home, we will come back in a few hours or a few days, and everything will be just like always. We believe that our health will always be good, our loved ones will always be safe and ready to greet us upon our return from a trip. We assume that we will have an unlimited amount of time to pursue our dreams. The biggest mistake of your life is assuming your life will never end.
What we need to realize is the power of this moment, the power of today. Like the Latin cliché “Carpe diem”, we have to seize the day and make the most of it – start doing today what we want to do, even if that only means taking a small step towards our dreams. Our freedom is a precious commodity to be valued, not wasted; therefore we have to stand up for what we believe in right now. Maybe this means picking up the phone and calling that special someone and telling them how much they mean to you, how much they make a difference in your life. Perhaps it means daring to finally do what you have only been dreaming about doing until now.
Dare to create your life! Who can you be in this moment, in this present time?
The past is gone; you can do absolutely nothing to change it, nothing more than what you can do to change what you had for breakfast this morning. Therefore release it and move forward; release the guilt or pain or shame and start living for today. This is the only moment you can be certain you have to achieve your goal, say what you want to say. Be fully present – right here and now.
Stop assuming, stop waiting, the moment is now.
Moreover, be specific about what it is that you need to do now that will take you closer to realizing that dream:
- Who do you need to call right now and let them know how important they are for you?
- What commitment do you have to make for yourself and your life?
- What step, even if small can you take towards changing your life and your circumstances?
- What would you stop tolerating… if you knew that your life was going to end soon?
In brief, stop thinking about your possible future plans, and start taking immediate action towards the life you truly want to live. Like Nike says, “Just do it!”
What yesterday seemed impossible becomes the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.