Thursday, August 2, 2012

Life Is Short, So Go Kick Ass


So tomorrow is the three year anniversary of when I totaled my car. (You already know where I'm going with this, don't you? It's okay...I'll be brief. Well, as brief as I'm capable of being.)

Life is so freaking short. You never know what's going to happen. Even if you live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in your sleep at 105, life is still freaking short. I mean really? 105 years? Out of all of human (and pre-human) existence? Just a drop in the bucket. So why waste even an instant? I know so many people that say, "I've always wanted to write, but I just can't seem to find the time." Or a very good friend of mine who loves to paint and dance and do so many different things, who never seems to find the time for any of it. Or another friend who is stuck in a job she hates, and just can't seem to get out. 

So I say again: life is so freaking short! If you don't like what you're doing, do something else! I realize it's easier said than done, but it sure as hell isn't going to happen on its own. And if you have a dream, something you've wanted to do all your life, for the love of happiness, go do it! No time like the present. Yes, it'll take time. Yes, it'll take effort. Yes, it'll probably be hard. But God almighty, it'll be worth it in the end. Even if you don't succeed, you'll know you tried, and you'll know you tried your damnedest, and you can be damn proud of yourself and what you've done with your life. 

Here are a couple pictures of my car after the crash (and it was a single car spin out, so no one else was hurt at all): 




I would be lying my ass off if I said this crash didn't affect me. For one thing, I'm a much better driver! And for another, I know that I shouldn't waste any time. There are so, so many things that I want to do in my life. And for me, there's no time like the present. Why waste your time being miserable? Why waste your time wishing for something, but never trying to get it?

I have the mangled front license plate from this car hanging on the wall of my office (we never found the back plate...I think it ended up in a ditch with my antenna and some other random car parts). Some people probably think this is weird and/or morbid. But for me, it reminds me every time that I see it that I am so fucking alive and I have so much I can give this world. And damn it, I'm going to give it.

The only one who can make your dreams come true is you. Now get out there and kick some serious ass.

6 comments:

  1. As an EMT for over a decade, I can't agree with you more. I'm constantly reminded of how short life is and I still take it for granted more than I should. I'm so glad you were OK and kuddos on the license plate. What a great reminder. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Elizabeth! I can't imagine what it's like to get that kind of reminder day in and day out. A good friend of mine was a firefighter and EMT for several years (now going back to school to be a nurse), and I'm constantly awed and impressed by what people like you are able to do and face.

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  2. Well said, Madame. I'm off to kick some ass.

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    1. So? How much ass did you kick? And when do I get to read it? :)

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  3. Great post and so true!! Like morgan freeman says in shawshank redemption, "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

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    1. LOVE that movie, Phil! One of my top movies of all time. Such a great quote.

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