“Live life for now, because everything else is uncertain…”
I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this quote. Maybe not specifically this one, but a similar one. And we all do understand what it means. Live in the present, don’t waste your life thinking about the future because you don’t know a single thing about it. But recently, because of the war happening in my country, I understood this quote much better and in a slightly different way. I realized, that all this time me, and probably many other people have exaggerated the meaning of this saying.
Lots of people, while seeing this quote will consider the word “uncertainty” as death and will interpret it as “do everything you want, because tomorrow you may be dead”. And by saying “live your life to the fullest” or “live your life now” lots of people may instantly think of doing something big or crazy like quitting their jobs to travel the world, jumping with a parachute, getting a huge tattoo, diving with sharks, driving a car or a motorcycle at a very high speed etc. This also might be true to a point. But in reality this quote is much more simple than what we have thought.
Nowadays, in the era of comfort and great technologies, we still think that the future is safe and clear. Lots of people learned their lessons by the coronavirus, that one simple thing can turn the world upside down. Literally. Who would have thought that in 21st century the planes wouldn’t fly, the shops, cinemas and everything else would be closed, that people would be able to go out under special restrictions and conditions? No one.
Now imagine someone, whose dream was to visit Paris, and putting off his dream for months and years. And now that person’s dream might never become true, because you never know when we’ll be able to travel again.
Or I’ll bring a personal example. I’ve done lots of photos and creative videos to post in social media, but for some reason I was postponing it, being lazy or not having the right mood. Right now my country is in the middle of a war. And no one knows how long it will last. And I’m obviously not thinking about my unposted photos and videos right now, because compared to everything going on, this isn’t even a teeny tiny problem. And to be honest, even now writing about it feels like the highest level of egoism, but I needed to write this as the simplest example to make my point clear. See, it’s something I wanted to do, and now can’t and most importantly don’t want to, because of everything going on. Now all I think about is the young soldiers and residents of little towns and cities dying from the bombings of the enemy, the uncertainty about anything in the future…
These are just two example of how life can suddenly change in a single day and you won’t be able to do anything about it. That’s why here’s my little motivation or advice for you: if you want to visit your dreams place, do it; if you want to post that photo now, do it; if you want to tell someone that you love them, or to propose or even break up, do it. If you’re in a fight with someone, but really want to make up, put your pride away and just talk to them, say that you’re sorry. “Uncertainty” doesn’t necessarily mean death, it can mean everything, any kind of obstacle-from small to big. if you want to watch that movie, watch it now, don’t wait for tomorrow, because tomorrow you might not have internet or electricity. Of you want to plant a flower or start running, do it today, because tomorrow there might be a huge storm. If you want to eat that piece of pizza, eat it, don’t wait until your diet is over and you’ve lost enough weight. Because one day, there might not be your favorite pizza for years and you’ll regret not eating it enough. If you want to get a cat or a dog, do it now, because tomorrow you may marry someone who has an allergy, and your dream will vanish forever. and again, I can go on and on
See how simple things are. Life is made of simple things like that. And we start noticing and appreciating them, only when we loose them. So don’t wait for that moment to come. It might never come at all, but again in this crazy world you never do. A week ago, I would have never thought that every day, first thing in the morning, with half closed eyes I’ll check the news, or will prepare an emergency bag just in case. So if you have that chance, live your life to the fullest in this very moment, by filling it with simple happy moments.
p.s. if you want to learn more about the war going on in my country, check my recent post out. raising awareness to the world about our history and situation is one of the few things I, and many people can do now. 🙏🏻