Wednesday, September 11, 2013

No Guarantees...

As we look back on the tragic events of 9/11, I can't help but think about how short life is. I was in school that day and I remember wondering if I (or anyone else) would get a chance to do everything that we had imagined for our future lives. Would all of this terrorism and hate prevent us from living the lives that we dreamed? Was the American Dream gone forever? What would the future hold for me? For all of us?

I think that no matter where you were in your life on that day, you stopped and reflected on what was truly important to you and thought about what you were thankful for. If nothing else, you may have reflected upon all of the things that you wanted for yourself and how it would feel if those things never happened.

So here we are 12 years later. Did you do what you imagined? Did you change your perspective? Change your mind? Change your life? Change your beliefs? 

Never forget how truly short our time is here on earth. Never stop feeling the urgency to share how you feel about the ones that you care about and don’t think for a second that you have all of the time in the world to do what matters to you. Take every opportunity you get to reflect on what’s important to you and to ensure that you are living the life that you want to live, because as we all know, forever is not guaranteed.

I leave you with this quote from Steve Jobs because he said it better than I ever could, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

By Kristen Keyes

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