Your Life Begins Now
My inspiration for this blog today hit me as I watched Andrew Zimmern. You know, the guy on the Travel Channel, of Bizarre Foods fame, who has the wonderful role of experiencing cultures via his taste buds? As I punch away at the keys, he has just popped a sliver of camel’s kidney in his mouth. The meaty scene disturbs my thoughts of what I plan to eat in a couple hours. Pushing the urge to go vegan aside, I thought about the range of experiences I accumulated over the past week and the impact they have had on my being. Although I love, absolutely love, the richness to be found in experiencing another’s culture, in particular foods, I have yet to take it to the level of Zimmern. But the theme of community and diversity is fueling a desire to step outside of my comfort zone.
Zimmern appears passionate about his role. I can only imagine that he tosses caution to the wind as he travels to remote regions of this earth that many of us would shy away from visiting. He of course, has an entourage to assure his security but when it comes right down to it, he is living his moments. By that I mean, he is immersing himself in an experience. His active participation in the rituals of various nationalities, helps him to appreciate, to a certain degree, the day to day activities of others. Giving himself over to an experience helps to eradicate the myths that are associated with the unknown.
I am constantly reminded of the need to begin living now. This does not mean spending money you do not have to go touring the world. Is there something you are passionate about doing that you have been putting off? Do you want to learn to swim, cycle, or play a sport? Do you want to turn that hobby into something more? Perhaps you are dying to do something as simple as beginning a garden. The point is you have to decide and then you have to act.
One thing I have found to be a pattern among those described by society’s standards as successful is that they simplify their lives. Clutter is removed and they take charge of their journey. They are not given to what others think about decisions they make. They take risks, but in so doing they are masterful of time. Every second is calculated unconsciously as a rare opportunity to maximize the value of time.
Today I was reminded that it is okay to:
- live your passion.
- simplify your life.
- engage in something new.
- embrace diversity.
- have fun.
- use time wisely, it matters.
These reminders can be adapted to your professional, private or other identity. Your life does not begin tomorrow. Seize the day (carpe diem) now.
© Suzette Henry-Campbell 2014