The Finish Line: Putting Life in Perspective

Saturday, July 26, 2014


The Finish Line
Why do we live life like it’s a race when we don’t draw the lines?

What’s your dream? Your biggest dream? The one thing you could die happily after accomplishing?

What if you don’t live long enough to accomplish it?

This is what I’ve been thinking about lately. Morbid, I know. But I recently found out a kid I used to know passed away. He was only 19. He taught me how to ride a skateboard. He was my first crush.

Granted, I barely knew him. In my mind, he will always be the ten year old boy on a skateboard who liked to make my life miserable because that’s what ten year old boys with crushes do the girls they have crushes on. When I moved away, we didn’t keep in touch. I haven’t spoken to him in over a decade. I didn’t even know he had died.

But his death put things in perspective for me.

I keep thinking I have all this time to accomplish big things. I’m a dreamer, and an idea person. There’s so many things I know I’m capable of accomplishing, so many ideas I have, for stories, for my life, for everything. I have trouble sticking to just one thing. I have trouble finishing a project, a story, putting an idea into action and following it through all the way.

I tell myself I can always come back to it later.

But what if there isn’t a later for me? 

I don’t know how much time I have left. I don’t think anyone does. We never know which breath will be our last until we take it.

And yet we live our lives like we have an unlimited amount of breaths. Maybe we’re afraid of death so we don’t think about it. Or maybe we just take for granted that we’re still breathing. We don’t even have to think about it.

It’s time to start thinking about it. It’s time to face what we’re afraid of, to appreciate what we take for granted.

Life isn’t a race. We don’t know where the finish line is, and it might be closer than we think. We shouldn’t waste our time thinking we have time. We should make time to make a life, to accomplish our dreams.

What do you want to accomplish?


Start trying today.

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