It’s a phrase I hear from those around me all the time.
Life’s too short to spend in meetings.
It’s too short to drink bad coffee.
Too short to stand in line, too short to spend in traffic, too short to fold your underwear.
Yeah, it is too short for that stuff. But it’s also way too short for a whole bunch of things that actually matter.
Life is too short to spend it doing a job you hate.
Life is too short to save for 40 years, hoping you’ll still be around to do something fun at the end of it.
Life is too short to put off your dreams until tomorrow.
Tomorrow might never come.
Stop saying life is too short and then carrying on doing the same mindless shit anyway.
That’s just stupid.
If you truly believe that life is too short, start making the most of the time you have left.
Not next week.
You just don’t know when your number will be up.
If that dull ache in your stomach turned out to be cancer instead of indigestion, what would you do differently?
If you were hit by a train today, would you die knowing that you’d lived a wonderful life?
If you fell down the stairs and broke your neck on the way to breakfast tomorrow, how many people would be at your funeral?
Are you satisfied with your life as it stands right now?
Have you stood at the top of the Eiffel tower – or Machu Picchu – or Mount Everest?
Danced naked in the rain?
Enjoyed the kindness of a stranger, and paid that kindness back yourself?
Given something meaningful back to your local community?
Or another community half way around the planet?
Have you loved someone so much that you thought your heart would explode?
Or had your heart broken and gone back to try again anyway?
Have you told your family just how important they are in your life?
Sure, you might live til you’re 100, achieving everything you ever hope to and dying peacefully in your sleep with your family gathered around your hospital bed.
But you might not. And you just don’t know.
People I know have lost parents, friends, colleagues in recent months. Taken suddenly in many cases, and far too soon every time. Those people had dreams, hopes and aspirations for what the rest of their life looked like.
Until fate got in the way.
The same thing could happen to me, and that’s why I live my life the way I do.
The same thing could happen to you, long before you’ve done what you’ve always wanted to.
I’m certain of very little in this world, but I do know one thing.