"The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we need." -Ann Richards
I stumbled upon this quote today and it has been looping in my mind all day. I have been told since I was born that I was "lucky to be alive." For a long time, I resented that statement. Why am I lucky to be alive, when everyone else is just... living?
After knowing classmates, friends, and relatives who passed away far beyond their life expectancy, I finally understood that no one is guaranteed to live a long life just because they lack health complications. Things happen. Life is, for everyone, an unpredictable game of chance. Every breath is a gamble on whether or not there will be another.
The difference is what you do with each gambled moment. A person could live a million years and do nothing but put others down, damage their body, and avoid any responsibility. OR a person may only live 20 years and do nothing but build others up, take care of themselves, and take care of business every day. Which life will have a longer lasting positive impact on society?
While all lives are equal in value, not all lives are reaching their full potential. Even though I may not live to be 80 years old, I do my best to make the very best of each and every moment I DO have. I hope this blog helps me do so. Because I am lucky to be alive. And you're lucky, too.