They say that life takes you on some incredible journeys. Journeys of love, journeys of despair, journeys of sheer blissful happiness. Journeys that take all the energy your soul can summons to make it through till’ the end.
I’ve been on some incredible journeys myself. Every one of them being a learning experience to last my lifetime. And, how long does a lifetime last exactly? Until what age will this body of mine make it? When will my soul falter and give in to what ultimately lies ahead of this life?
Nowadays it’s all about life longevity, but what’s the point in longevity if your not going to enjoy the years?
A couple weeks back my family and I went to visit an elderly friend of ours. Her husband had passed away last year before the holidays, and her children live out of state. She was lonely, so desperately so, that when we arrived she could not stop talking. She talked to me for over three hours, and I learned so much about her and what life was like for people decades ago.
It’s both uplifting and melancholy in the same moment, to be appreciated by someone simply for taking a few hours of the day to sit and talk to them, enjoying a warm cup of tea, giggling at funny stories, and holding your hand over your heart with a clenched fist while your friend talks about the husband she once loved so much. I think we can collectively say as a species, that we just aren’t living life to its fullest, especially through the eyes of someone who experienced some of the most important decades in the history of America.
America. To be an American means to be free, yet we let the chains of responsibility weigh us down. We are so busy trying to be perfect, that we forget to have fun. Nothing matters in this life if you are not enjoying the freedom this country provides.
They say: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride. It’s the little things that count. Tell your loved ones you love them every day, because that day could be your last day. Don’t take what you have for granted, even if you don’t have much. Stop chasing perfection, there is no such thing. I say: We better start listening.