I’m constantly reminded that life is fleeting. The older I get, the faster time goes by, and the stronger my slippery grasp upon it becomes, milking every ounce of excitement, adventure, experiences, and love that I can. We live in a crazy world, and I simply never know if I’ll have another opportunity to photograph Landscape Arch standing, witness a total solar eclipse, or spend a day with my beautiful kitty. Time goes by so quickly – impermanent as a colorful sunrise – and I want to make sure it’s well spent.
More than death, I fear regret. What kind of person could I be today if only I had taken advantage of that opportunity X years ago? Fortunately, I can usually mitigate the latter while I have no control over the former. This is why I leap at the chance for adventure and why I love exploring new experiences. I want to do it all before my time here is through; like One Republic sings, “I swear I lived” – every single day.
I have found this attitude to be self-sustaining. The more I embrace life, the more I get out of it, the more enriched I feel, the happier I am with my life, the more I wish to embrace it. I don’t have time for anger or negativity, grudges or depression; I’m too busy photographing all the wonderful and beautiful things this world has to offer.
Now, I’ll admit, that kind of lifestyle can be exhausting at times. The faster I live, the faster I’ll die, right? I’m not sure I quite buy into that. After all, there’s reason to believe happier people live longer. And as long as I work in some calming yoga, I can stave off the worst of the stress of doing too much.
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