That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot this past week.
2 things happened that triggered this: I learnt of the passing of an acquaintance. And a dear friend hit rock bottom.
One is pretty final as far as rock bottom goes. There’s no returning from the great beyond. The other is not.
What I wondered, could either have been prevented? I kept asking myself one question. If this time last year someone had told the person that had passed that in 1 year’s time they would have a stroke and die, would they have lived differently?
Would they have enjoyed life more, yet reined in the elements of that enjoyment that shortened their life?
Would they have jumped out of bed at 6 in the morning to go for that run knowing each mile ran would extend their life by an extra day?
Would they have put down that doughnut because, will, life.
Would they have gone for more check-ups and listened to their doctor more? Would they have lived with the intention to grow old and be able to kiss the cheeks of their grandkids on this earth?
I’d like to think so. Because it sure motivated me to jump out of bed at 6 am this morning to exercise. AND to daydream of kissing my grandkids on their cheeks. And to enjoy life and time with my family more.
We are all on a clock, but we have the grace to be alive RIGHT NOW. And right now is what we need to make the most of.
Because, if we don’t, we either hit a rock bottom with finality, or we hit an interim one, that may feel just like death in it’s bite.
I’m talking about the rock bottom where you lose your will to do it anymore. Where everything you’ve ever worked for comes crumbling down, and you are left with the ashes of your life surrounding you. Left wondering how it came to this, wondering where you went wrong.
The truth is, you can probably pin-point EXACTLY where it went wrong. That time when you chose to turn over on your bed, rather than get up and go hustle.
Or that time when you had a deadline, and you decided to ignore it, because you were at a party last night. (Or because what you were working on was not as perfect as you needed it to be). And so you got passed up for that job, that promotion, or that opportunity.
Or that time when you ignored the most important thing, and focused on the mundane, because it was easy, it was mindless, it was fun for a fleeting moment.
And now, you are reaping what you have sown. It’s time to account for your sins of omission or of commission. With time as your jury and your actions as your judge.
And try as you might, you can’t pass the buck on this one. You KNOW that this didn’t sneak up on you. This was years in the making. Like that time I got a second class honours lower division in my university degree, when I really should have got a first class honours. I knew I had sold myself out, I had fallen short of my capability. I knew that if I had worked harder, I would have waltzed into Yale, or Harvard for my post grad, with a fully paid up scholarship. I knew that I had no one to blame but myself.
Thankfully, it was not rock bottom, and I rebounded from it easy enough. I just broke my back for the next 10+ years to prove that I was worth my mettle, to me as much as to everyone else around me.
See the power of rock-bottom is that once you hit it, there is nowhere else to go but up. That is if you hit the one of the non-permanent variety, also know as six-feet-under.
Since you are reading this, you still have time. Time to prepare yourself to NOT hit rock bottom. Time to work till you drop, to move ahead so fast you leave others around you out of breath.
Time to fill your mind with only thoughts of the hope of where you are going, while being grateful for where you are. And leaving behind the regret of where you could have been.
So what WILL be your rock bottom? What will be your final straw?
As for me, right now, I’m thanking God for life every morning, and praying for peace every night, doing life hard so that I will be spent when my days are done. And before then, making sure the world knows that I am on this earth!
And if you are yearning to never have to hit rock bottom, or you did and you want a way out in regards to your investments.
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