Because I suspect you're fast asleep at the wheel of life.
Well I have news for you, and sure you've heard it before but maybe, just maybe this is the time when you finally sit up and take notice and start making some real changes in your life, because...
Life Is Too @#$Z&% Short!
How fitting that an epilogue should speak of how short life is.
I was recently reminded in a very personal way of this very fact. And frankly, I'm still struggling to get over it and maybe I never will. But I won't stop trying, I can tell you that much.
Remember when you were a child and you believed life just goes on and on and on?
And now here it is, barely a few minutes later (or so it seems) and you discover that a major chunk of your life is now forever gone.
What the heck happened to it??? Did you blow it like someone blowing money on the horses? Or did you make the most of every moment? I'll bet I already know the answer to that one.
There are millions of people who struggle just to make it through the day. They're in jobs they hate, lives they don't like doing things that hold no interest for them. And yet the clock ticks for them as it does for the rare person who is completely happy and content doing what they love to do.
Doberman Dan wrote something recently that fascinated me. I don't know where he got these numbers, but they're enough to shake awake anyone slumbering through life:
You've got 78 years on this earth, statistically speaking.
You spend 1/3 of that time sleeping so that leaves you with 49 and 11 months of "awake" years.
Subtract hours in school and that leaves you with 46 years and 4 months of your life remaining.
Subtract 91,000 hours on a job and you've got 35 years and 11 months remaining.
Subtract time driving, running errands, brushing your teeth, etc., and you're now down to 32 years and two months.
Subtract eating, drinking, shopping, etc., and you've got 25 years and 10 months left.
Subtract chores and you're down to 20 years and 1 month.
Subtract taking care of children and family, along with watching TV, playing video games and wasting time on the Internet and you're now down to 9 years and 6 months of your life remaining.
78 years on this planet (if you're lucky) and only 9 of them are yours.
See what I mean? Life is too @#$Z&% short.
Life is too short to let fear rule. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people. Take a chance, push through fear, let go of guilt, break down your goals to achievable steps and get moving TODAY.
Life is too short to be unhealthy. Get moving and get active and stop eating crap food, especially if you want to make it to 78 and enjoy the journey.
Life is too short to be full of regrets, just as it's too short to dream about your 'glory days.' You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
Life is too short to be a slob. If you're disorganized then you're wasting time looking for things and wasting more time not doing the things you want to be doing.
Life is too short to be negative. Yes, occasionally negativity seeps in. This summer it tore my door off the hinges. But when negativity rears its ugly head you've got to beat it back with everything you've got, and never under any circumstance do you invite it in or ask it to make itself at home.
Life is too short to deal with or even think about rotten people. Are you worried about what that nasty person said about you? Why????? Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't even deserve to be an issue in your life.
Life is too short to keep up with the neighbors. Do you care how many new cars or televisions they have? I can't think of anything more irrelevant than what the neighbor blew money on today.
Life is too short to be in a job you hate. If you've never had a job you hated, all the words in the world couldn't explain this to you. But for the other 95% of people who know what I'm talking about, no explanation is necessary.
Life is too short to be poor. Yes, you might start out poor and that certainly isn't your fault. But there comes a time when your finances are exactly what you make of them. There is nothing noble about being poor – it's like having a ball and chain around your throat that stops you from living the life you want and instead wraps you in layers of stress and anxiety. If you don't have the money you want, then get busy and make it. And yes, I do believe Internet Marketing is still hands down and bar none the best way a person can go from poverty to wealth in a relatively short amount of time (2 to 10 years.)
You and I and every single person we love is terminal – it's just a matter of time. And every day we have a little bit less of that.
I'll let the quote master Mark Twain have the last words...
“Life is short, Break the rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably.
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”
– Mark Twain