When Life Shouts

There is no resource more precious than life. You can’t renew it, you can’t recycle it – you can only live it to the fullest. I was recently reminded of this fact.

It’s easy to get caught up in our own world while living our day-to-day lives. We work, we stress about the little things, we make our problems our main priority. Oftentimes we become so unaware that we fall into a slumber. And that’s fine. We’re only human. But then it happens – life tries to wake you. Sometimes life merely nudges you awake with something insignificant like a parking ticket or a flat tire. And sometimes, life wakes you with a violent shout. When it does, it’s important to listen.
In the past 24 hours, life’s not-so-subtly reminded me of several things:

  • Cherish every moment. The good, the bad, the sublime.
  • Bring light to life’s darkest moments by learning something from them.
  • We’re all astronauts on this giant space rock we call Earth, and life can be pretty scary. Don’t be afraid to lean on others.
  • Smile, wave, nod your head – acknowledge people when you pass them on the street or in the office. It costs you nothing and it might mean the world to them.

Nobody can ever tell you what the meaning of life is. All you can do is live it as best as you can and be a positive influence on those around you. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, stop and remind yourself that somewhere, someone else is struggling too. It’s okay to be afraid and it’s okay to ask for help. We’re all in this together. If you or anyone you know needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Remember, someone, somewhere cares about you.

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