Our time on earth is limited and each passing minute reduces it even more. Yesterday will not be recouped, past moments cannot be recovered, and time will never still. There are no exceptions.
But living on limited time is not as tragic as it sounds, at least not for me.
It’s actually exhilarating. I know many ordinary people with extraordinary talents – gifts so remarkable that I can’t help but marvel and wish that I could do as they do, the way that they do it. But I don’t have time to live out what doesn’t belong to me. Neither do I really want to. So while I support, applaud and admire the genius of others, my gifts are just as astonishing. Therefore, my time must be invested in creating a better, greater me.
It’s liberating because time does not permit me to allow others to define or enclose me within four brick walls with concrete floors and low ceilings and call it my life. Forgive me if I ignore you at times, but though you mean well, your voice or your thoughts or your fears cannot become my guide. Nor will I become a caricature of a character in a world that you create for me. No, there is just enough time for me to invent me.
But most important, living on limited time leaves no room for regrets. In the past, my remorse over lost time had posed an immediate threat to any future possibilities. Thoughts like, It’s too late or I’m dug in now or I should have done it five years ago would plague my consciousness and conversations until I almost believed it, until my vision was nearly destroyed, until I just about accepted what was as what would be. But time moved even when I didn’t until eventually my will to evolve into what I truly desired was stronger than any fret of wasted moments. Now, just the mere fact that I have life drives me into each new moment, each new hour, each new day fully confident that I still have the opportunity to do what I put off doing yesterday.
Yes, my time on earth is limited and each passing minute reduces it even more. Yesterday will not be recouped, past moments cannot be recovered, and time will never still. There are no exceptions. None. So I’m grateful for each moment and take none for granted.