Lately I have found myself beginning to wonder, quite possibly more than I ever have before. At just twenty-two years of age it would seem that curiosity has finally got the better of me and I have become somewhat overwhelmed by life’s endless questions. Questions which surprisingly enough, I am yet to find the answers to.
To put it simply, I suppose you could say that I am currently at a bit of a loss. With sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, twenty-four hours to a day and three hundred and sixty-five days to a year, just how exactly are we expected to make the most of that time. How exactly are we expected to make a difference, day in and day out?
Are we designed to simply approach each day as it comes, taking the entirety of life one small step at a time or are we built for the complete opposite; to work as hard as we possible can, every single day, in an attempt to strive for greatness.
Are we imprinted with the desire to enjoy the here and the now, to relish in the joys of each given moment or is it in our nature to remain proactive; to use every waking hour to plan for a future.
Are we expected to work endless hours in a constantly disappointing job simply to pay the bills or is it considered a right of passage to someday go out on a whim and spontaneously travel the world.
Are we moulded with the hope of impacting the world solely through our career aspirations or are we born for something far greater than that, something that no career advances could ever quite live up to.
At the end of the day, is the importance of our lives measured by the number of achievements hanging upon our wall or the number of people who we have unknowingly touched. The number of hours we have tirelessly worked each year or the number of times we have approached the world with a smile. The amount of friends we have collected along the way or the countless lives that have been changed simply by crossing our paths.
At the end of the day, is it more important to have progressed in our individual achievements or to have made a difference to another human being; a human being who just like us, is searching for answers to some of life’s greatest questions.
Is it more important to have added another dollar sign to our bank balance or to have spent a wonderful day just soaking up the sunshine. To have watched the week go by whilst busily planning for the days ahead or to have lived that very same week as though there was not a single care in the world.
At the end of the day, are we expected to spend each waking hour taking the necessary steps towards living the life we have imagined or is it hoped that perhaps someday, we would learn to appreciate the life that we are already lucky enough to be leading.
Are we expected to spend years trying to have it all, trying to find that perfect balance or was that never part of the lesson at all?
At the end of the day, I suppose all we can really do is ask ourselves for honesty towards one final, all important question. Honesty towards a question that chances are, the majority of us may not quite know the answer to just yet but one that someday no doubt, we will.
When it comes down to those final moments; the ones when it is said that our entire life will flash before our eyes, what is it that you expect to regret the most?
Will it be a long list of things that you wish you had done or perhaps a list of things you wish you hadn’t. Opportunities that had been taken or perhaps opportunities that were missed. Days spent in a wild senseless rush or perhaps days spent doing nothing at all. Years working in an office that you despised or perhaps years waiting around for the job that you loved. A lifetime spent with a handful of people who matter or perhaps an eternity spent with countless people who don’t.
When it comes down to those final moments, what are you willing to do now to change the outcome?
After all, at the end of the day, who knows what’s going to happen next. Maybe if we’re lucky, with just enough courage and just enough determination, we might even be able to come out of this wild and crazy ride with no regrets at all.