Life is short. If you really think about it, a lifetime really isn't that long. I've been a live for a little over three decades, and I've seen and experienced so much, but there' also so much that I've yet to experience.
I have a lot on my bucket list, and it still continues to grow. Some of the things I want to see are the aurora borealis, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, try various beers in their country of origin, and have a Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia.
I don't know how much time I have in this world, but I need to make the most of what I've been given.
As I've gotten older, it's been easier to go through my days on autopilot, which is efficient to a certain extent, but living on mental autopilot is like living like a zombie. Your day goes by in a blur. Your day becomes routine to the point where it's not just boring, but unsatisfying. Some days I feel my life heading in that direction, but every time I do, I have to push myself to not let myself get in that rut. Getting into that rut is dangerous. As easy as it is to fall into the rut, it's much easier to stay there.
That's why spending time with family and friends are so important. That's why having hobbies is so important. That's why it's important to do things that not only bring you happiness, but also fulfill your soul.
I've seen so many people who've spent most of their lives wasting their potential. It's heartbreaking. They may have had dreams at some point, but now they've vanished. They're just doing what they're used to doing every day. They've accepted mediocre. That's no way to live.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. It's meant to be experienced with your full attention. Your days aren't meant to be wasted. So stop "killing time" and try to enjoy every moment, even if it seems dull (there's usually a life lesson hidden in those moments).
Life is short, and if you're lucky enough to still be alive, you have today and the days ahead to truly live it.
Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.