Why You Shouldn’t Wish Your Life Away

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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.

you shouldn't wish your life away

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.

why you shouldn't wish your life away

I feel like I’ve time travelled to 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.

you shouldn't wish your life away

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.

you shouldn't wish your life away


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):


if you’d like to read a few more posts like this:

My thoughts on outgrowing friendships

When life changes

Three things I struggle with as a blogger


  1. Aura

    08/03/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Totally agree; seems like an obvious thing, but most of us probably do not give this the importance it deserves.

    1. kattie

      09/03/2018 at 5:36 AM

      I know, it is so important not to do this, but it is so easy to do!

  2. Cassi

    08/03/2018 at 3:56 PM

    True words! I’m struggling with this right now because I have two little kids and the day to day is HARD. I often count down the hours until bedtime. But I know I need to try and appreciate it because 10 years from now I’ll miss these days.

    1. kattie

      09/03/2018 at 5:35 AM

      I can understand how you feel. I don’t have kids, but as a teacher I have a vague idea of how hard it is! It is so important to cherish this time with them, but at the same time, it is so tiring! 🙂

  3. Gretchen

    09/03/2018 at 12:44 AM

    Loved this, babe ❤️ So well written!

  4. Demilade

    09/03/2018 at 7:01 PM

    Very well said Kattie! I have a habit of doing that and I guess it’s something I need to be more mindful of. We need to learn to enjoy the now, it makes life so much more fun! 🙂
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    1. kattie

      10/03/2018 at 7:06 PM

      It is a really easy habit to fall in to. I’ve worked really hard at not doing that, and it has almost made work more enjoyable! 🙂

  5. Char

    15/03/2018 at 8:38 PM

    Couldn’t agree more, life really is too short and it can be easy to get comfortable!

    1. kattie

      16/03/2018 at 5:59 AM

      I’ve been trying really hard to not look forward to the weekend too much, and my days have actually become much more enjoyable 🙂

  6. Zoe

    17/03/2018 at 2:39 PM

    Very sweet post, I had a bad week at work, nothing bad happened but it’s not going the way I planned and it caused me a lot of emotional turmoil and I spent the week wishing I wasn’t there, I gotta remember to be positive and grateful and enjoy the moments so life doesn’t pass by, great reminder!

    1. kattie

      17/03/2018 at 7:41 PM

      I can understand how a bad week at work can make you look forward to the weekend, or wish you weren’t there. It is difficult trying to stay positive under that kind of pressure. But, hopefully, next week will be better!

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