Life Is Short And So Are Your Chances

The average life expectancy is between 75 and 80 years. Earth is over 3.5 billion years old. I am pretty terrible at math, but I believe that this means each person lives less than a fraction of 1 percent of the amount of time the earth has and will exist (I hope that made sense) and god forbid a tragic accident or terminal illness takes your life even sooner. Either way, life is short.

We are all aware that at some point we will, in fact cease to breath. But we are living as though we have all the time in the world when we really only have .00000025% of that time.

A lot people spend half of their life simply deciding what they want to do. I like to ask people if they could snap their fingers and have their dream life, what would it be? No one seems to have the slightest clue what that is. Most people say they just want to be happy, have a family, and not have to work. When I ask them what they are doing to get these things, the response I receive is typically a long list of excuses.  

Then you have people like me who have always known exactly the kind of life they want. Yet, we coast along, casually pursuing our dreams. When things get tough, we retreat, take a break, and then somewhere further down in our lives, we give it another try. 

We live in a broken society where we either lack stamina and persistence or we simply just do not try at all. We spend aimless hours on social networking sites, 40 hours a week working jobs we hate, and we are complacent. And by we I mean me.... Of course.

Complacency is a sign that there is no pressure in our lives. There is nothing pushing us to figure out what we want or forcing us to make a greater effort to get what we want. 

The only way to break this terrible cycle and create pressure is to take a chance. Take a chance to turn your life around, take a chance to be happy, take a chance to meet the love of your life. Whatever it is, take a chance. 

It’s like a board game where you have to roll the dice in order to progress. You might not land in the space that you were hoping, but the point is that you are moving. You’re living. And when you’re living, you’ll make it to where you want to be. 

Take a moment and think about what you want in life. Consider what it would take to acquire this desire. Evaluate the sacrifices that you may need to make. Then do yourself a favor and take a chance. Roll the dice and see where you land.


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