“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
For years, I read this every day. It was an advertisement — for a career centre or something — that I saw on my commute to work every morning. Usually I would look at it and think, “Well that’s a nice way to look at things,” but one day 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. I’ve done some neat things in my life, 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. But I want to try harder.
When I started this blog, my plan was to just start doing stuff. If there were things that looked interesting to me, I would try to do them or learn about them, try to do anything that remotely took my fancy to see if I liked it instead of wondering if I might.
It’s been fun, but in recent years (these recent years, you guys – whew) I’ve been thinking that making the most of your life is also about trying to leave the world better than you found it. I don’t even know what that means, exactly, but I want a kinder and safer world for my kid to grow up in.
So that’s the addendum to my goals with this blog and this life of mine. I want to live with joy and do what I can to help where I can.
Wish me luck.
8 thoughts on “An Introduction”
Good luck! I’m excited to read about where this goes.
Aw, thanks. Me too, actually.
Subscribing… I, like CrystalSpins am anxious to see all the places you go with this!!
I hope I don’t disappoint.
I know, I feel the same way. But then we have to remember that we are doing this just as much for ourselves than others. It’s a great way to chronicle your journey, no matter what anyone thinks. Though I’m one to talk. I worry constantly about whether or not my stuff is “entertaining” … Have fun!
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!
Oh, I’ve always loved that quotation too. Thanks for the encouragement. I like your philosophy too.
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