When time is about to run out…what do you do?

photo taken during a family vacation  and edited by me.

photo taken during a family vacation and edited by me.

When life gives you lemons…you make lemonade. When life gives you a limited amount of time…what do you do?
A person can only live for so long; life can only last for so long. With these limited years that we have, how should we spend them?
The answer to that question is different for every person. Adventurous individuals may say that we should spend our lives expanding our horizons and traveling the world. Gaming addicts may say we should spend our lives behind the computer screen. Family oriented individuals may say we should spend our lives bonding and creating lasting memories with our families.
The answer to that question however does not even matter. The important thing here is that we spend every day, every hour, and every moment doing something worthwhile; something we love, something that will have an impact on others.
Recently I watched a sports documentary that featured the deceased famous basketball player Hank Gathers. Hank Gathers lived his life playing basketball; it was something that was very special and important to him. He played basketball until the moment he died. Even when his doctors told him he should rest and take medicine, he refused and kept on playing ball. During one of his basketball tournaments, he died on the court after finishing his slam dunk. Now…why am I telling you this? Hank Gathers may have lived a fairly short life, but he spent it doing something he absolutely loved. Everyday of his life was filled with passion and hard work. Everyday meant something to him, everyday was important.
I’m not a firm believer in the concept of a bucket list. To me a bucket list screams, “Hey! Life is gonna end soon so you better get all of these things done!” Why do we have to be reminded that the clock is constantly ticking and that we need to do something about it. Why not just have a good time and not even notice that the clock is ticking. When you are living your life to the fullest, you are not going to even notice that you only have another day to do something. You are going to notice that you have one extra day to do something.
So what is my main point that I am trying to state? Get off that couch and turn off that movie! Go do something that will be worthwhile! Spend time with your family and friends, pursue your life long dreams, go meet new people. Life is too short to be spent watching a two our and thirty minute film meant to just kill time. We don’t want to kill time here folks, we want to treasure it and spend every moment of it meaningfully. The end of today will not signal the disappearance of another day in our life but the start of a new day that we have.
Well, at least that’s how I see it.
-vananh

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