An Introduction

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  – Mary Oliver

I read this every day.  It’s an advertisement — for a career centre or something — that I see on my commute to work every morning.  Usually I look at it and think, “Well that’s a nice way to look at things,” but today when I saw it, it somehow became a call to arms.  The words became about me, and they took on capitalization and italics: “What do I plan to Do with my One wild and precious life?”

I don’t know what happens when we die.  I don’t think this is it, but it is all I can be 100% sure of, so it’s probably best to make the most of it.  I’m one of the lucky ones born in a country with relative prosperity and freedom. I really can make of my life what I want.  Up until now, I’ve done some neat things, but have I made the most of my opportunities?  Have I treated my life — my time — as though it’s precious?  I don’t really think so.

So here’s my plan.  Starting now, I’m going to start doing stuff.  If there are things that look interesting to me, I’m going to do them or learn about them.  I’m going to try anything that remotely takes my fancy and see if I like it instead of wondering if I might.


I have a good feeling about this.

8 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. My very favorite quote is “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved box, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!” (Anonymous)
    A friend sent it to me when I was going through a bad time, and it changed my life. I agree – as far as we know – we only have one life. Many of my recent decisions have been made as I picture myself at 90 years old looking back on my life and thinking about the things I might regret – and my goal is to keep that list down by living life as much as possible as well.
    Congratulations on your decision to live life!

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