This list says it all.
There are so many quotes, images and videos out there today with this message: YOLO – You Only Live Once. The acronym was popularized (and invented, if I’m not mistaken) in Drake’s song The Motto, of which I am shamelessly a fan.
Now, at first I really liked this expression. I thought it was a) creative (because, I mean, who ever thought of putting those words together and create an acronym?) and b) inspiring. There are many other quotes and songs out there about only having one life to live and not getting another chance at life, but this one just inspired me the most – maybe because the song was also super catchy and I’m a closeted rapper.
But I digress.
The thing is, the more I thought about it – the more I thought about this concept of only living once and only having one chance at life - the more I realized how wrong it was. We do not live just once; we live every single day, every single hour, every single second. Every moment is a chance to live differently, to right our wrongs, to change our path. Yesterday I could be an anxiety-filled maniac, today I could decide to be more at peace with and within myself. Of course, it is never that simple and I can’t just be one thing one day and the opposite thing the next. But every second we have is a chance for us to start making the necessary changes to be whoever we want to be.
So, now I’ve taken a better liking to quotes like this one:
I understand what Drake and others have tried to say with these YOLO messages: we can’t waste our lives away, we have to do what we want to do because we don’t get a second life. But we do get a second chance, and a third, and a fourth. We get an average of 4,000 Mondays in our lifetime to start our week over and almost 30,000 days to start anew.
So no, we do not live once. We live 43 million times (that’s roughly how many minutes you have in a lifetime). And we better make them all count.
I’m sure we have all, at least once, had those nights where our head hits the pillow and a million thoughts start running through our mind: what we didn’t have time to do, what could have been done better, what we have to do tomorrow, and this thursday, and next weekend,and next month… And it goes on and on until eventually, three hours later, our mind tires itself out and we are able to fall asleep.
I this kind of thought process and this inner voice says a lot about the stress level in our lives and the way we deal with it. Of course it’s natural to have periods in our lives when we just have more to worry about than usual but it’s important to, no matter what, never lose sight of the important things in life.
So today, once you go to bed, take a few minutes to think about your day and the things that went right today, the moments that made you smile, the people who improved your day, etc. And then make a short list of 3-5 things which happened that you are thankful for.
Here is mine:
1. I am thankful for my grandmother, because even though she is suffering from Alzheimer, she is fighting to stay lucid and is still trying to make the most of the time she has left with us.
2. I am thankful for my lovely dog Scott, who has been with us for 12 years and is still the cutest and most loveable pup in the world.
3. I am thankful for my parents, for having provided me with a comfortable life.
4. I am thankful for my boyfriend, for always trying so hard to make me laugh when I’m upset.
5. I am thankful for myself, for being stronger than I think I am.
What about you? What are you thankful for?
I try to avoid posting religious things but today was just one of those days. You know, when you’re going through something and God just reads your mind and provides you with exactly what you needed.
Today I was thinking of how lost and frustrated I was feeling and then I decided to go to Bible Study for the first time in years and Bam! We read this passage from the Book of Joshua and my prayers were answered.
God truly works in mysterious ways.
I have always been a physically active person, and more so ever since I joined my first gym about 7-8 years ago. My favorite part of working out had always been the cardio exercise (especially running!), but throughout the years that has changed. My goal now is to maintain my weight so that has meant that I have had to cut down my cardio exercise to 10-15 minutes per workout. I use the rest of my time at weight machines or with free weights – and no, my goal is not to become this, I just want to tone up.
However, in the last week what I have really enjoyed is the time I take to stretch out afterwards. Although there is some debate as to whether or not stretching actually helps to prevent injury, I have always stretched before/after working out just to be sure! But especially this morning I found myself deeply enjoying my stretches and I even repeated a couple of them once or twice and was pleasantly surprised by how flexible I have become!
I felt so great and rested after stretching that, of course, I just had to come home and do some research. Turns out stretching actually has some amazing benefits! Here are a few of them:
1. Stretching increases circulation. This is why some believe that stretching helps to prevent injury, because increasing your blood flow means that you are sending more nutrients to your muscles and cartilage which also means that you feel less sore after working out!
2. Stretching increases your flexibility. Stretching increases the range of motion in your joints and this is great because it can actually help with your physical performance when working out and, again, possibly decrease your risk of injury next time you are exercising.
3. Stretching helps you gain a better posture. Yay! This is because stretching can help to keep your muscles from getting tight. And the amazing benefit of this is that it reduces aches and pains associated with the discomfort of having a bad posture.
4. Stretching increases balance and coordination. Because stretching increases the range of motion of your joints, it helps to better balance yourself. So, if you’re a klutz like me, stretching is definitely a good solution.
5. Stretching relieves stress! Yes!! Stretching relaxes tight and tense muscles which are associated with stress so it relaxes the body which then relaxes the mind. Beautiful!