LIVE. It’s A One-Time Opportunity.

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Life is short. I know that may sound so cliché but it couldn’t be more true.

The other day, I witnessed a woman in her 20s, fighting for her life under needles and machines on her hospital bed. She’s young and pretty and there’s plenty of wonderful things in store for her. In fact, she just recently got married and is set to follow her husband on the other side of the world. However, for some astounding reasons, time ran out for her. She didn’t last long. The anguish that engulfed my entire being whilst I gaze at her lovely face is something inexplicable yet eye-opening.

The thing is, you could be on your 20s or your 50s. But when life tells you it’s time, no matter how much you wanted to stay, you just can’t.  As I witness that heart-wrenching moment, I couldn’t help but grieve for the lost chances and opportunities for her. Hearing her mother weep and her friends in utter shock by the sudden turn of events is beyond heartbreaking.

I realize at that moment how precious life really is. Seeing it end right before you, makes you think of all the times you took it for granted. You gotta live in the now and enjoy every minute as if it’s your last. Dance in the rain, soak in the sun, get married to your dream love, travel, have babies, kiss the love of your life, hug your friends, get that job, buy that shoes, wear that dress or whatever it is that makes your heart full, do it. Life is unpredictable in the truest sense of the word. We never know what may happen the next day or if we’ll ever be able to witness a new one.

I think it is a mistake to live life solely for your future plans. Because it’s then that you will lose sight of what matters in the exact moment where you’re at. It’s totally okay to plan ahead of time but never forget to LIVE while you’re at it. Because life, in itself, is never promised. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Grab it by the hair as it passes you and make sure to live it well.

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