I love this.
Right now, it’s 9:00 p.m. at night and I can’t help but replay this saying over and over again in my head.
“You only live once.”
“Wrong. You only die once. You live every day.”
What Does This Mean?
I sometimes find myself going through life with the mindset that many of us have often heard, “you only live once.” When I hear this, I often think to myself that since I only live once, I need to do as much as I can with the time that I have. If I don’t do as much as I can with the time that I have, then I simply am not living life to its fullest potential.
While I don’t necessarily think that this is always a bad way to look at life, I will admit that it does sometimes take away from the simple joys in life. It gets hard to appreciate every aspect of life and all of the things I have already achieved when I am so focused on accomplishing anything and everything that comes to my mind.
Think about it, how many times do you go through your day trying to cram ten pounds of shit into a five-pound day? So much so that you tend to forget to take in the beautiful scenery that is around you, or that you were too preoccupied to acknowledge the stranger who held the door open for you, or that you simply forgot to give yourself a pat on the back for just being the amazing person you already are?
It’s okay, we have all been there. We are all still there.
There are many days in which I find myself breezing through life like the Tasmanian devil from Looney Tunes. If I am not productive, or at least don’t feel productive, then I feel like I wasted the day away.
I can’t help but wonder lately if this is the right way to look at life or not. Is it good to always be on the go? Should I always feel like I need to be doing something productive? Am I wasting my life away if I simply sit back and learn to relax every once in a while?
After seeing this image, it helped me to solidify an answer. You don’t need to always feel productive because you don’t just live once. You only die once, but you live every day.
You Only Die Once. You Live Every Day
It’s the truth, we do live every day. We don’t just live once. We only die once, but we live every day until the day that we die.
Every single day of our lives we have a choice to make. We can either live and go through the motions of life, or we can live by making the most out of every day for the blessing that it is.
Why is it that we feel the need to constantly rush around at such a rapid pace? Why do we feel the need to always be doing something? How can we learn to just take a step back and simply enjoy life instead of trying to force our way through it? Life is a blessing, and the more we rush our way through life, the faster that blessing will only pass us by.
During a time when so many are struggling, I believe that it’s now more important than ever to realize just how much of a blessing life truly is. We don’t know what life has in store for us. It could be taken away at any given moment, but the more we live with a mindset of rushing our way through life because “we only live once,” the more we fail to appreciate the true beauty of the life in which we are already living.
Learning to Slow Down and Surrender
Just like so many others out there, I too am somebody who has allowed my fears to control much of my past. No matter how many times I heard others say “You only live once,” it never helped me to overcome the fears that I was facing.
Sure, it sometimes gave me a little extra boost of motivation to take action towards the things I desire, but having this mindset often left me feeling rushed into decisions. That alone caused me more stress and anxiety than anything.
I have learned that in slowing down and soaking in life for what it is, I am a far happier individual. I can see the blessings that fill my life, I am enjoying life more than ever before, and I am less stressed and more aware. There is a peace that I have found in this “stillness,” and it is one that has been a nice change of pace.
Before You Go
I’m not saying we should all sit back and watch our lives past before our eyes. I’m simply saying that we should pursue the life we desire for ourselves, but that we should also take the time to enjoy the life in which we are already living.
God willing, you have many more days ahead of you, not just one. Learn to slow down to appreciate all that is around you and surrender. Don’t live your life just once. Live your life every single day and cherish it for the blessing in which it is.
In case you need some help, let me sum this up in just a few short words for you:
- Let go
- Be present in life
- Enjoy the ride
- Live every day, not just once