Be the best version of yourself


Guest Writer Paula Sangeleer, Middays on Cool 101.3

Where does the time go? Time goes by so fast. These are statements we hear often as we journey though time. How is it when were younger that summer seemed to last forever? There seemed to be unlimited time to not only play outside, but read books, watch tv all day, have slumber parties, go on road trips and vacations, even time to be bored. I remember being told to go watch the grass grow! Now however if we’ve got that kind of time we are losers, rather than joyous children. Now when there is free time, it seems a high pressure decision how to spend it, which activity best serves us?

A co-worker recently celebrated his 23rd birthday and stated that he was over the hill. Several of us reminded him that his hill was not even in sight, that he was firmly on very flat ground. Another friend recently asked me if I’d like to live to 80, I said sure! He then reminded me that if I hit 80, which is just over 30 years from now, I’d have 360 more months, what am I going to do with them. Yep, sure was a frightening thought. It’s later than we think, for sure. Getting older is a privilege denied to many. I remembered my sister who passed at age 53, saying to me that if there’s anything I want to do to just do it because it could all be over in an instant. Scary but true nonetheless. I try to live that way, and live in the moment, smell the roses and all that.

I am guilty of procrastination too, figuring some things can wait til a later date. They either will or they won’t, it’s that simple. Perception is the reality I suppose, can we imagine the time slowing down? Can we choose wisely what to do with that 24 hours we are given each day? When you look at it like this it’s easier to not be petty and worry about the little stuff, in 100 years will most of this matter? Probably not. Will people remember or pass down stories of how you helped people, made them laugh and smile, and treated them nicely, maybe, hopefully. Will they pass down stories about how you were uninterested, selfish, and heartless, hopefully not.

Do your best to be the best version of yourself. I believe that what we put out comes back to us in multiples. So choose wisely, don’t take it too seriously, and have fun. Maybe just go outside and ponder it all, while you watch the grass grow.

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