Are you really loving life?

Our time here is short. Love it while you can.

Loving life can sometimes be hard to do.

Sadly, my beautiful sister-in-law lost her husband of 25 years to a heart attack. He was 54. Yes, only 54 – way too young to go! My heart aches for her, but there’s little we can do to help her except be there to talk, tell her we love her and provides hugs, lots of hugs. May he rest in peace.

Just six months ago we lost our beautiful Mum. She’d been ill for a very long time, and in the end, it was a blessing for her to pass – she was ready, but we still miss her very much. Her life was not without some pretty major health challenges, but during the times she was well, she did manage to get out and enjoy herself.

When someone around me passes away, it’s cause to reflect on my own life and wonder, “What if that had been me?” Newsflash – it will one day!! 🙂 In my mind, I scan through my interactions with loved ones, my recent achievements and disappointments, and wonder what more I can do to live a happier, more fulfilling life… before it’s too late. The truth is, we never know when our time will come. It could be today, tomorrow or 50 years away.

Naturally, we all have a certain amount of commitment and responsibility, such as paying bills and taking care of our loved ones. Personally, I have been guilty of getting caught up in the routine of doing just that, and only that, for certain periods of my life. It’s like living on auto-pilot, day after day. Sometimes it’s totally necessary, but we can’t live like that all the time, because it’s existing, not living.

But when something dramatic happens, such as a person dying, it makes me snap out of my routine and think about what truly matters. It makes most problems seem trivial and the things that sometimes push me into a bit of a rut are no longer on my radar. It’s essentially a huge reality check.

I recently heard someone say, “Are you really loving your life, or just paying the bills until you die?” Sure, the bills still have to be paid, but it’s also important to spend quality time doing the things that make your heart sing.

I sure as heck don’t want to live my life without doing the things I love as often as possible. That’s why I’m refocusing on loving life, such as:

  • Spending more time with my family, including the pooch
  • Catching up more often with my lovely friends
  • Cooking, eating and sharing delicious food and wine
  • Writing
  • Taking lots of photos – and loving it!
  • Reading inspirational stuff
  • Having fun
  • Learning, learning, learning

What do you really love to do? What makes your heart sing? What’s on your bucket list?

When was the last time you set aside some time to do something for yourself? Are you really loving life and enjoying yourself?

I challenge you to find just one little way to love life each day. Even if it’s just five minutes and only one little thing, it’s a start, it will improve your day, then you can build on that, to keep doing the things you love. Soon, you might just find your life will be about more than just paying the bills! Let me know how you go.

Whether you are really loving life or not, what’s the one little thing you can do today to make it a better day?

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