Updated: May 24, 2019
Each year I have dreaded getting older. I thought it was just a sign of life being closer to its end. Although, technically accurate, I couldn't have been farther from the truth. Each year I see more, give more, learn more and live more.
To me, that's not getting closer to an end; that's getting closer to being complete.
What we make out of our life, either fills us up or leaves us empty. What's a life worth living when you are only focused on chasing a ticking time clock guided by what a commercialized idea of what society claims to be a success or failure?
Does the 9-5 job you work at to have the picture perfect life with the white picket fence, 2 kids and a dog all before you are 35, depict that picture? Who says that's success?
To me, that's the farthest thing from a life I am interested in.
When asked what's my biggest fear, it's being stuck in a white picket fence mentality. I basically live out of a suitcase and chase adventures, stories, memories, culture, knowledge, understanding, peace and community. The most beautiful part of getting older are the experiences that fill your soul along the journey.
We can never stop time from passing, but we can stop passing time with a meaningless and empty handed mentality.
This is my definition of what makes life worth living. Yours may be different and that's ok. Whatever it is that defines living for you, do it with your whole heart and soul. Do it because you want to and not because you feel pressured by society to fit the bill.
Break the chains, crumble the mold, stop rushing to catch up with the second's hand of the clock and start living the life that will make you complete.