Life is best experienced in celebrations of every day achievements
Life is an adventure ride through a swamp, a trek through the jungle, even an exploration of a local antique store. Life is a series of experiences, we remember the events not the things we picked up. The nicknacks and tchotchkies remind us of our adventures and clutter our homes. But if we lost all the mememtos the memories would remain.
We often spend so much time rushing from place to place that we forget to take a moment and look around us, to just enjoy the scenery. How many times have you found yourself in a hurry bceause you were late, you had many errands to run, or that you don't have enough hours in the day to finish your to do list? We all have those moments, as those get us through our very hectic life. But if we don't slow down, don't take a moment to connect with ourselves and our surroundings, the moment is gone, forgotten in the rest of our hurried life.
Don't forget that experiences are what make life important, what make life matter. What if you told a stranger you see the next time you are out that you like their hair or their look? That you saw them and are glad they are in the world? It would make you feel better and would leave a lasting impression on them. I always feel so connected to a random stranger that gives me an unlooked for complement. They live on forever in my head and I hope they are living their best life.
Life is fleeting. Just a few minutes ago my daughter was born. And a few moments before that I got married. And just before that I graduated high school and college. And now I approach fifty wondering why it rushed by so fast and how to slow it down. I have come to realize that those tender memories, those simple thoughts that cross my mind are the most important parts of my life. The experiences that I find the most valuable, the most memorable. The ones I will always recall.
I yearn for the long walks on the beach at sunset after the storm has passed and the sky is a vibrant red as the sun crosses the horizon. The feel of the salty wind from the water and the cry of the gulls. The picnics with friends in the summer sun with games and food, music and laughter. Smoke wafting from the barbeque, the air filled with burgers and beer. The laughter and shouts from children echoing through the years. The snow days home from school, frolicking and playing as the flakes fall and the world turns white. All these are memories locked in my head, no photos or keepsakes to share. Only stories and words to create a tactile picture for you to see and hear, feel and taste. All this I can share with you from my memories of a life lived, a life experienced, a life shared, a life remembered.
What to do to motivate yourself?
Keep a journal
Write three adventures you would like to take. Something that would leave you with nothing but a memory. Try to picture each moment in your head and write about what you feel, smell, touch, taste, and hear. As much detail as you can think.
Now write about three advenures you have been on that you didn't take many photos or pick up souveniers. Something you did for yourself. It could be as simple as a walk on the beach or as in depth as a roadtrip. What sensations do you remember?
Free write about how you hope to take those adventures and what you can do now to work towards living an adventurous life.