I was driving home on the freeway the other day when I noticed something plastered along the side of the van in the next lane. It was coming out from the rear passenger window. As I got closer I saw that it was a long ponytail and that ponytail was attached to the head of a young girl, maybe 13, who had her eyes closed and face to the wind. I thought only dogs liked to do that but I couldn’t help but smile at the obvious joy on this girl’s face. She was soaking it all in as the air whipped at her and blew past. She was happy.
It occurred to me that life is just like that wind. It hits you in the face and tugs at your hair and it comes at you fast. But we tend to face it with our eyes open. We watch for that next opportunity so we can catch it before it blows past. Before we know it, life has taken us to our final destination and we find ourselves asking what we have to show for it.
Why do we feel compelled to grab every opportunity that comes our way? Maybe we don’t want to lose out on a chance to experience life to the fullest. But are we living life to the fullest when we overschedule and bury ourselves in stress?
When we jump from one activity to the next are we really enjoying the activities themselves? Or are we just going through the motions and getting as much done as we possibly can and calling that success? I think living… really living life isn’t about how much you do, but more about the quality of the things you do. And who you do them with.
So let’s stop worrying about trying to grab all life can offer. We don’t need to have it all. It’s too much. When it becomes overwhelming we can try to slow it down, but we can’t stop life from coming at us. Sometimes the best thing to do is simply let it happen.
Life is a fast-paced adventure and we don’t want to miss a thing. But you would be missing something if you didn’t stop every once in a while to close your eyes and just enjoy the ride.
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