“Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”
-Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey
I had a friend tell me recently that they wondered how they had made it to where they were. They thought they’d be further along by now…then they hear stories of those that are hitting milestones they thought they should be at by now, marriage, family, home ownership, and realize it’s not their time or their turn, and that’s okay.
My response….LIVE! I’m going to say it again, LIVE! I’m not sure you’re hearing me…LIVE YOUR LIFE! Just live it out. Got a great job offer away from home? Go. Take the leap of faith.
Got a great job offer close to home? Great, do it!
Feel there is nothing more for where you are, but you’re afraid because you don’t know people in other cities? Just go, you’ll make friends! If you don’t and you hate it, home will always be there to welcome you back with open arms.
But don’t be so scared of freaking living.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone. You’ll wake up one morning wondering where life went.
You don’t have to stop living when you get married or have kids or land a career, but it does change. A lot. Just like with everything in life, it all has its ups and downs. Our generation, and even those younger generations (I’m a high school teacher I see it every day), it’s often times so drilled in, even romanticized, to get a job, get a spouse, have some kids, and that’s life. If I could shake some of these kids I would. Don’t be in such a rush to grow up. You have so much life ahead. Take it slow and LIVE!
Don’t get me wrong…I love the way my life has fallen into place. Are there things I would change, maybe? Don’t we all have those thoughts? “If I had taken X job over Y job…” or “If I had move to X place over Y place…” whatever it is, sometimes there is wonder.
Ever since my son was born and we realized it was either keep him in a secluded bubble and attempt to protect him from all things because of his ever-so-precious lungs, or let him LIVE, my husband and I vowed to let him LIVE. We know people with CF are living longer due to medical advancements, but we don’t want him to get to a stage and look back wishing there had been more. More mud, dirt, fun, experiences, life, or love. We don’t want to live scared or have him live scared for that matter.
That’s when it hit me…have I followed my own philosophy I want to instill in my own child?! Having Brooks has taught me a WHOLE lot of new things, but one I’m most thankful for is it has opened my eyes to LIVE. How can I set an example if I can’t lead by it? So that’s what I’m doing, L-I-V-I-N.
No matter your age, do it. It’s never too late.
Want to go after your dream job, but your over 35 and unsure? DO. IT.
Want to go back to school for a new career? DO. IT.
Want to travel the world? DO. IT. Work will be waiting when you return.
Make the bucket list. Mark off the tasks. Do it all while L-I-V-I-N.
Do me a favor, journal it for your family and friends.
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