Why You Shouldn’t Wish Your Life Away
I always remember my mum telling me “you shouldn’t wish your life away”. As a young’un I never really understood why she would say that. I mean, I wanted to finish school, I wanted to work and get married. I wanted to have children. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I reached the grand old age of 25, that I realised exactly what she meant.
Why you shouldn’t wish your life away
As a 27-year-old, nearing her 28th birthday, I have realised just how important it is to take every opportunity given to you. How important it is to be spontaneous and take risks. It is fantastic having things to look forward to, but then, if you spend your whole week looking forward to the weekend, you’ll notice just how quickly life is passing you by.
I love the weekend, and I am always so glad when it is Friday, but I also treasure those days that I spend at work. I want to feel like I am making a difference, and I can only do that if my heart and my head is one hundred percent in my job.
Life is short.
I could so easily shout out “YOLO”. But that is so 2012.
We only have this one life to live. I feel like if I spent my whole time wishing for change, wishing for the weekend, I’d end up getting to 40 really quickly (there’s nothing wrong with being forty, it was just a random number I plucked out of the air!). I want to treasure every single moment that I can. All of those ‘aha’ moments and all of those sad moments too.
I did a lesson on gratefulness today. I was really amazed at the different things my students came up with. It just made me realise how those little things, like hugging your dog or talking to your mum or dad, can make such an impact on your life. Being grateful for what you have is so important. As well as being grateful for things that you no longer have. For example, one student wrote ‘the last weekend he spent with his dad’. His dad passed away a few years ago. So those sad moments are also things you can be grateful for. This was a really lovely reminder for me to cherish every moment.
Everyone can’t help but count down to those exciting events. Weddings, babies, holidays. And those are events that you should count down to.
And here’s a song to end off with (because I am going through major Glee withdrawals lately):
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