I saw this quote the other week and it resonated so much that I immediately knew that I wanted to write a post influenced by it. Because if there’s one thing life has taught me, it’s that life is far from predictable. What’s more, it can be short and oh so precious. So my personal belief is that it’s really important that we make the most of it and be enthusiastic about creating a life we love for ourselves.
Now I know some of you might be thinking but Siân you’ve been depressed lately and yes, you’d be right. Depression strips away your enthusiasm for life but having survived several bouts of depression it has actually made my enthusiasm for life all the more precious. It’s reinforced my beliefs in a way that we have to treasure all that is good in life, no matter how big or small they are. Throw in a handful of physical diagnoses, which have really reaffirmed my viewpoint that we never know where life will take us and that we simply must make the most of it when we can.
The thing is, when you know time is precious, you get an overwhelming urge not to waste it. You want to spend it doing something worthwhile. Now what I consider worthwhile and what you think is worthwhile will, of course, differ because we are all individuals with our own set of beliefs and interests that make each one of us unique. However, the point is that you create a life that you can be enthusiastic about.
Living with a chronic illness and having so little control over my health means that when the going is good I’m perhaps overly conscious of making the most of it whilst I can. Especially because I don’t ever know how long it will last. I know that just from the very nature of my illness there will be worse times, I just don’t know how long they will last, or when they will occur. And therefore those good moments/ times become all the more precious. Even if you don’t have a chronic illness, I think we are all aware that sometimes we don’t make enough time for ourselves or to do the things we really want to do. Whether you feel that work has totally taken over and you have little spare time that all you want to do is put your feet up and take a power nap. Or you feel that you’re so busy being a parent that you’re losing yourself somewhat. Sometimes something happens that turns our world upside and shocks us into realising just what is important in life and where we should be focusing more of our attention. Be it the death of a loved one or seeing a tragedy unfold on the news.
This means making the most out of life. Taking opportunities. Indulge in your passions. Do the things that make you tick. Relish the things that you enjoy and make time for them whether that be cycling or taking a long bath. Get stuck into a good book or box set. Spend time with the people you want to spend time with. Tell those that you love that you love them. Order dessert. If there’s cake, eat it (if you like it). Yes, literally have your cake and eat it. Funnily, over the summer our ice cream man caught onto my philosophy of treating myself and started stopping outside our house.
Go for it. Have fun. As long as you’re not hurting anyone in the process. Create a life that you are enthusiastic about. To use a phrase I often see on Instagram live your best life. Basically, don’t take life for granted. And seek out those silver linings. Yes, of course, life will throw hurdles in your way, nothing is ever simple or plain sailing. We cannot control everything that happens to us but what we can control is doing our utmost to create a life we are content with.