Live Your life...It's the Only One You've Got!

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Is the idea of being whole an elusive goal? If this is so, why are we so much at odds with ourselves and why are we haunted by having a so called "unlived life"? Is is because we're cooped up with this virus and can't move about? Perhaps it's because we've become soured by the shoulda-woulda-couldas and now have time to wonder about the way we want life to go.

Certainly, we’ve been given several opportunities to blossom in our lives. I believe that in aging gracefully, it can also be described as a time to be dangerous; dangerously fun loving, dangerously honest and dangerously alive. Whatever we are needed for, we can do. Whatever must be said, we can say it.

This is not a time to remember that ”we are getting older”, as if getting older were the curse of the damned. This is the time to do most everything we can possibly do, given the restrictions the virus has wrought. 

All of us have accumulated a “story” about who we are and what we’re supposed to do and not do. This is a perfect time to live with strength, as now it is time to spend time well, within ourselves.

I believe each one of us is longing to create an adventure, away from the doldrums, as not being able to go very far is crippling. And why is an adventure important? First of all, a life of boredom can literally and figuratively kill us. They say that boredom will "seek out our souls and damage our psyches". Whether this is actually true, I do know that adventure is the opposite of boring, and that adventure is never giving up and always moving forward.

I am certainly ready to jump and move forward, as there seem to be a few times when I could tear out my hair in desperation. So here we are. Stuck inside our homes, so the best I can figure is to make some adventures from wihting. Some things will work; some won’t. Digging deeper, inside, we can certainly become better equipped to work on and improve ourselves, right? 

In Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, she says, “The world needs more people who have come alive. Since we all have gifts and talents to share with the world, it’s by cultivating them that brings meaning and what becomes meaningful is up to each unique person". She also warns that if we don’t use what we’ve been given, we will most likely pay for it emotionally and physically. "You are now free as a retiree to spend as much time as you like on what makes you happy".

A new adventure would certainly make me both strong and happy. Giving up and being a pessimist during this time is not okay, because those who challenge their minds and bodies live longer, have a better quality of life and are more mentally alert than those watching TV.

By using your time to dip your toes into lots of different activities and experiences, you'll more than likely be able to figure out what works and what doesn't while self- isolating and  re-inventing a new self. And then, when this Covid mess is over,  this re-imagined person will surely be ready for new adventures to come forth!

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