The Walking Dead
Idle men are dead all their life long.
Living is my life. I’m not talking about the staying alive, but rather living life to the fullest. I hear many people say things such as “martial arts are my life,” “my dog is my life,” skiing is my life,” “writing is my life,” etc. but it is not that way with me. I have certain things in my life which are my passions, such as martial arts, writing, photography, etc. but those things aren’t my life. Living life to the fullest is my life. Living every day and enjoying all that life has to offer is my life.
May you live all the days of your life.
While we live, let us live.
D. H. Lawrence
My passions are simply parts of my life that I enjoy. You can take any passion too far and by doing so you miss out on other things. There are only so many minutes in a day and everyone has the same amount. For the most part, minutes are like cash. If you use them for one thing, they aren’t available to use for something else. Once you “spend” your minutes, they are spent; unlike cash, there are never any refunds if you spend them on something and later decide you made a bad decision. Once your minutes are spent, they are gone forever.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will cal life which is required
to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.
For time lost may never be recovered.
For this reason it is important that you spend you minutes wisely, just as you should spend your cash wisely. You can go out to the store and waste your money on junk food and the next day you will have nothing to show for it other than maybe a couple of extra pounds. In the same way, you can spend your time watching mindless television shows or lying around on the couch, and you will have nothing to show for your time. Remember, once you spend a minute, you will never get that minute back.
Like the waves of a river that flow slowly on
and return never back,
the days of human life pass and come not back again.
On the other hand, if you take you money and invest it or spend it wisely, you will have something of value that will last you long into the future. The same thing applies to your time. If you spend your time reading, learning, working out, etc. instead of wasting your time, you will have something of use to show for the way that you spent your time. Either way, your time will have to be spent. Unlike money, time cannot simply be saved and used at another time.
Opportunities lost can never be regained.
Pliny the Elder
We never live; we are always anticipating living.
Every minute of every day has to be spent in some form or fashion. You have no choice in the matter. The only choice that you have is how you will spend your time. Will you spend your time wisely and make use of the time that you have or will you waste you time as if you have an endless supply of this precious commodity? I prefer to live life to the fullest, using every minute to experience what this life has to offer. What will you do with your minutes? Hours? Days? Months? Years?
Begin at once to live,
and count each separate day as a separate life.
Take a deep breath of life and consider how it should be lived.
Don Quixote’s Creed