Live Life like a Cliche (Oozing with cheese)

I can’t get out of my brain today.

We had a listener call in this morning and tell us about her experience with finding out she has an incurable brain tumor. She seemed happy though. Not with the prospect of dying, but she sounded  confident that she could enjoy the rest of her life. I want to hug her for being so brave.

I know one day I’m going to die. It could be tomorrow, it could be 60 years from now. I just have no idea how I would handle it if I knew for certain I would have an expiration date in the next few years.

When it comes down to it though, it shouldn’t make a difference. I don’t want to wait until I know I’m about to croak to start getting the most out of life. I know in the big scheme of things- a long vacation to Hawaii or letters to everyone that I know would never leave me fulfilled.

I try to stay away from being too cliche, but the one cliche I want to wrap my arms around is the old adage, “live like there is no tomorrow.” Perhaps there is a reason it has been repeated so often.

Some days, I feel like I’ve accomplished this 100%, but other days I throw the towel in. I’ve noticed lately that the days that I keep active, consciously stay cheerful, and am friendly to people even when I just want to hide away-I go to sleep feeling happy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

It helps to be aware of the things that really make me happy. I could go on for hours about  my boyfriend John Cusack, or Dr Who, or the annoying guy trying to make me give him money… but at the end of the day- talk is idle. It  isn’t really living at all. I want to start DOING more.

Today I will laugh as much as I can. I will write love letters and smile at strangers. I won’t sigh out of frustration. I won’t stress about things that I can’t change. I won’t put off doing the things I can change. I’ll exercise. I’ll perform any chance I get. I’ll watch less tv and have conversations with anyone who will talk to me. I’ll sing loud and find an excuse to dance. I’ll spend a few minutes every day talking to someone important in my life. I’ll meditate. I’ll eat healthy.

I love my life so much as it is. I can’t wait until tomorrow.


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  • The Constant Complainer

    People always say to “live” and “enjoy life” and you know; it’s true.  Life is too short sometimes.  So enjoy each and every day.  No matter what your religion is or what your situation is, you should live the best life you can and try to make a difference.

    I’m not too much of a book reader, but I did read “The Shack” recently.  And it really got me thinking about this very topic.

    Deep post today, Carissa!  Have a great weekend.

  • Paula S

    I read this on twitter the other day, by a scottish comedian, and it’s made me think ever since – “You’ve got to stop looking at your body as just a body. It’s a Death Rocket. You’re on an exciting journey, trapped inside a Death Rocket.” It was so true, and scary, yet strangely uplifting. There’s nothing we can really do but just LIVE! It’s mental, but true. I’ve went through a weird five weeks or so, going into an unexpected high then an expected-but-not-that-soon low, but I dunno… this put it into perspective, as did your post.

  • Clevelandpoet

    Anais Nin: “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

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