A few months ago I woke up on the weird side of the bed. I opened my eyes and thought about chance. What are the chances
that I will make it to the next day, month, year, decade? Good? Probably, I'm a college student in my 20's so that's a good start, but 100%? Only in my dreams. As I watched the ceiling fan spin above my bed, I thought to myself that with all the uncertainty going on in the world, there are really only two options available. Remain a shut in and hide from those small chances of catastrophe, or go full throttle. As my father's daughter, only one of those options were ever really on the table. Pedal to the metal boys! What may have been perceived as morbid to some, was motivational to me and a fire was lit under my ass to learn how to appreciate the present and utilize every moment. I was stuck in the go to school, go to internship, go to work, go home routine so I asked myself, "What are the chances that this is enough for me?" SPOILER ALERT: 0%
Now, I didn't have this epiphany, drop out of school, quit my job and start circumnavigating the globe like Phileas Fogg so
don't you go abandoning important responsibilities like paying bills or driving Grandpa Edwin to his monthly doctor's appointments. Back in his day he walked his grandfather 8 miles to the doctor every day in the snow so quit complaining!
But, do go ahead and add yourself to that responsibilities check list. Take the time to ask yourself, "What makes you happy?", "What do you want out of life?", "What do you want to accomplish?".
Rest easy that you can make sacrifices for your family, be a great spouse, a sweet sibling, a fantastic friend, a wonderful child, a caring parent AND take a chance on life. Living for the daily grind is fine if you can hit the pause button to appreciate what's around you, but if it consumes you you're missing out on more than you realize.
Take a chance to change your perspective, because at the end of the day all we have are moments and memories.
Don't let either pass you by.