A Fact Of Life

Life is a precious gift. Don't waste it being ...

Life is a precious gift. Don’t waste it…. (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

I have a confession to make. Although I don’t watch television, with the aid of internet apps, I don’t have to miss my favorite shows. I, armed with a law degree, am embarrassed to admit that most of my favorite shows are about the supernatural. Give me zombies, witches, vampires and the like and I’m a happy girl. (I blame it on being born and raised in New Orleans, where tourists clamor for voodoo dolls and potions as souvenirs.) One of my all-time favorite shows is “Charmed.” Without going into boring detail, the show is about three sister witches whose destiny is to fight demons, warlocks and all manner of evil supernatural beings.

Anyway, in addition to loving what some would view as mindless drivel, I also love meaningful and thought-provoking quotes. As crazy as it sounds, I heard one as I watched an episode of “Charmed.” The quote is:

“Life only has meaning because there is an end. Death is what forces people to live.” ~Death, “Charmed,” Season 7, Episode 5.

Now, if you are like me, death is not on your top ten list of things to talk about. Yet, for all of our dodging the issue, it is an inevitability for each of us. I find the quote comforting in a way, because instead of focusing on death, it serves as a call to us to live each moment of our lives as enthusiastically and fully as possible. It punctuates the preciousness of our lives and incentivizes us to stop with the procrastination and to live our dreams, as meaningfully as we can. Take that long-awaited trip. Read that book that has been on your end table for months. Learn a new language. Use your best china, just because. Say I love you, over and over again. Take risks. Life offers endless possibilities.

Each of us has our own “bucket list,” and it is time to take it from the level of aspiration, to experience. The thing is that we put off our dreams and desires at our peril. Life is meant to be lived–now!


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