There is a quote by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn that reads “Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.”
With so many daily tasks and responsibilities, it’s easy to forget about the importance of enjoying life. You know the drill. You fall into bed at the end of the day to some mind-numbing Netflix until you pass out, only to wake up and do it all over again. This cycle leads you to trudge through life like you’re moving through molasses, crossing off your endless to-do lists as if you’re a robot, and putting your most exciting hobbies to the side until you have more time. The cycle ends here. No more waiting for weekends or counting down the hours till work is over. Now that studies like this one are coming out of the woodwork proving that people who actually enjoy their lives tend to live longer, you should take heed and decide that NOW is the time to start living your best life.
Think about this. Why do couples get fine china for their weddings, but never use it? They say they want to save it for special occasions, but they never do. It just sits there, wasting away and collecting dust. They probably wanted to be careful as not to break it, but the real tragedy lies in the fact that they never enjoyed their wonderful gift.
Think of all the fine china in your life. The amazing stuff you have right at your fingertips, but never use. That nice bottle of wine you’ve been saving for years, waiting for the “right occasion” to open. The free movie tickets that have been sitting in your drawer for months. The gym membership you pay for but never carve out the time to use. And, moreover, your talents and dreams that you’ve put on the backburner. This is where we stop putting life on hold. Crack open the bottle of wine and share it with your friends. Go to the movies. Eat delicious meals on fine china. Promise yourself that you won’t waste another minute being bored or complacent with your life. To get out of your comfort zone, try using sites like Meetup or Active, where you can find local groups, clubs, and events to join based on the activities that you love. There’s no more time to wait for happiness.
It’s insane to think that people spend their whole lives waiting to travel, quit their job, start their passion, or speak their mind. Why wait? When you’re older, you may not even be in the best physical conditions to travel. Every second you wait to quit your boring job is another second you could be spending building a career that makes you feel alive. And every time you suppress your opinions is another opportunity missed at expressing and accepting your true self.
And if you are satisfied with your life, then make the time to do the things that make you happy. Treat yo’self. Have a drink with a good friend. Go dancing. Exercise and feel your heartbeat. Watch the sun set. Take a dip in the ocean. The truth is, we never know which day may be the best day of our lives, and we never know which may be the last. Do the things that make you happy, and don’t wait for anyone’s approval. Fully embrace the awesome human that you are and start doing the things you love now!