The Key to Life

Life. Such a simple idea, but such a complex thing. In any moment life can change. Either for the worst or the best. You never know when your life will change.

“You never know the biggest day of your life is the biggest day. Not until its happening. You don’t recognize the biggest day of your life. Not until you’re right in the middle of it. The day you commit to something or someone… The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there’s not enough time… because you want to live forever. Those are the biggest days. The perfect days,” Grey’s Anatomy, season 5 episode 22, Izzie Stevens.

Any day you could change your life for the better. You never know who you might meet one day. Or you can have a tragedy that might shake up your plan. You can’t really plan your life.

“Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room. Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home. Remember the footsteps, remember the words said. And all your little brother’s favorite songs. I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone,” Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift.

I think that is the scariest part of life the fact that everything you know could be gone someday. That one day you have to move on with your life. Say goodbye to things you once new and start over. But each brand new beginning allows you to take your life into control and make it what you want to be.

“I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count,” Jack Dawson from Titanic.

If you take a moment to analyze this quote, you can learn about life. The way people live their lives. How we value our time. Life is such a special gift, yet people seem to throw it away. People spend so much time worrying about the little things, instead of living their lives.Time is such a simple unit of measurement, yet it measures our entire life span. Everything we do is measured in time.

The thing is with time, we never know how much we have left. Our lives right now could be changing and we have no idea. In one second, everything could change. You never know when something will be the last time. It’s a scary thought that we all try avoid. Living in the moment seems to help alleviate that idea. Even thinking about the future. Being optimistic and thinking of what will happen and not what won’t happen.

Imagine you knew how much time you had left. What would you do? It’s an interesting question. What if you had one day left, what would you do? In the YouTube video, The Time You Have (In JellyBeans), displays how much time we have left, essentially. How much time we waste. We spend so much time do routine activities, then at the end we aren’t left with much. The thing is people sacrifice their time in hopes of a better tomorrow, when instead they should make everyday meaningful. People think about long run, rather than focusing in the moment.

How many times a day do you hear someone complain? I spend five days a week at high school, trust me, I hear people complain all the time, from school work to friendship problems to relationship problems. In my mind, I have to think of everything as a small thing. When I was my AP Calculus class, a girl raised her hand and said, “When I’m working at hospital, no one is going to run up to me and ask me what the derivative of…” Anytime one of my friends is stressing over a test I try to put it in perspective that when they are 30 no one is going to ask them what they got on their chapter 7 Calculus test.

I think those two examples show that we stress over things that aren’t going to matter in the long run. Don’t sweat over the little things. You have to look at the overall picture. If you are pulling out your hair out about a certain class just remember that in the spring you will be done with that class and you won’t have to worry about that.

In the long run, does it matter how many followers you have on Instagram or Twitter? Or how many likes you go on your photo? I think the saddest thing is that people measure their self esteem by how many likes they get on a photo, how many people follow them, how many friends they have on Facebook. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Just ask yourself, when I’m 30 am I going to care about how many followers I had when I was 17. Hopefully, the answer is no.

“Happiness is not a destination. It is a mood, it is not permanent. It comes and goes and if people thought that way then maybe people would find happiness more often,” from the tv show One Tree Hill.

People spend so much time thinking that one day everything will work out. That if they stress themselves out that it will benefit them in the future. In all honesty, no one knows what the future will bring. All your work could be for nothing, but it could end up being for something. No one knows. But wouldn’t you rather have life filled with happiness and special moments than saying that I will be happy someday. Someday can be today.

My advice, go live your life. Take it day by day. When you wake up, you get to restart and make it the best day possible. You have the power to change anything you want about your life. If you want to be kinder, smarter, more outgoing, less talkative, etc., then you can do it. Don’t sell yourself short. Everyone has so much more to give. Just embrace who you are and show it off. People want to get to know you, just let them. Live your life. You never know when life will throw you a curveball, but it is up to you to keep your head up. The key to being alive is happiness.

Did you say it? I love you. I dont ever want to live without you. You changed my life. Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it. But every now and then look around. Drink it in. Cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow,” Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy.


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