Archive for August, 2014

August 11, 2014

I want my cake and I want to eat it too.

In the past week or two, life seems to be testing me with simple-things-gone-complicated disorder. Work projects that shouldn’t be as involved as they’ve become, less ability to stay away from chocolate and cookies, and yes – the ultimate kicker: I’ve finally been dealing with missing the constant activity, change, movement and excitement of living in San Francisco. I still love it here in AZ, and more than ever feel like this is where I need to be – but my daily routine, less travel, confusion about wanting stability, and a difficult situation – it’s all got my thoughts twisted and turned and has left me feeling like the grass is always greener on the other side.

I recently re-watched the movie, The Bucket List, which didn’t help my travel adventure withdrawal syndrome. It did open my eyes though, when I heard a quote from the movie that spoke to me: “A survey once asked 1,000 people if they could know the exact date of their death, would they want to know? 96% said No.” – Carter Chambers.

If you know the exact end date of something truly awesome and remarkable, wouldn’t that just make you want to soak up every single millisecond? Wouldn’t you then just embrace every moment, and not waste a single day and do everything you’ve ever wanted to do? Or would you live in fear and sadness by the simple thought of counting down the clock? A vast majority of people in this supposed survey said no, they don’t want to know the day they’ll leave this Earth. I’m not sure which I’d pick; both seem to have positives and negatives. I guess there I go again; wanting to have my cake and eat it too. GreenGrassRachel

Tell me, would you rather? A friend of mine recently posted on his Facebook wall, a simple question that got quite the attention – and divided response. His question: “If you had a choice between taking a trip of a life time or buying your first house….what would you do?” Many likes and 73 comments from friends later, it seems that his friends absolutely did not at all help him in this decision. Everyone was split; some having great arguments to settle down and invest in a house while interest rates are low, others trying to allure him to take the adventure and make memories of a lifetime while he is young and has the time. So which should he do?

My best friend always tells me to trust my gut. She says your intuition is never wrong, even if the situation doesn’t end up the way you anticipated it would. I like to look at it this way; whichever option would leave you with little to no regret; do that.

Anything awesome with an expiration date attached to it is bittersweet, so I’m looking to just love the time I have while I have it. I think I’d rather embrace every second until I no longer can, rather than spend the minutes in fear from the distraction of a ticking clock. Right? It’s easier said than done, trust me. I think this means I get to eat the cake; and then I’ll no longer have it.

We only have this one life to live, so let’s embrace the here and now. I hope you’ll join me in this quest to just, love life.