26 Sep Life’s Too Short
They say Life is too short.
Which really depends on what kind of life you have.
To take an extreme example, I’d hazard a guess that a child starving to death in a third world country with no hope of improvement might suggest that life is too long.
But for those of us lucky enough to live in a situation where that kind life is something we can only imagine, ‘life’s too short’ is nearer the mark, at least for the majority.
The problem with that is that you don’t know how long life is. That saying is thrown around now in response to someone who doesn’t want another drink at the pub, or isn’t sure whether to buy the new Xbox, rather than the crux of the matter, which is life is only too short if you are happy with your life.
What if you are in a relationship that makes you unhappy, or a job you hate, or you are putting off something you have always wanted to do, or telling someone something you have always wanted to say. If you have got another 40 years ahead of you, by all means, stick it out for the long haul, you can get to that happy place in the future sometime – there’s no rush.
But what if you don’t? What if you only have a year left? Or a week? Would you carry on heading into a job you don’t like? Stay with the person that makes you unhappy? Not tell someone how you feel? Keep that petty grudge against a family member/ friend? Of course you wouldn’t.
The thing is, no one knows how long they have, so rather than banking on the fact you have got 40 years ahead of you to find happiness, why not bank on the fact you haven’t – it might force you to make some changes for the better.