A Prismatic Journey:

Embracing The Adventure Of Life

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” – Cassandra Clare

Throughout your life, one of your goals should be to personify a perspective that allows you to frequently feel excited about all of the experiences and joys you have ahead of you. There is so much positivity to experience in the world, so much potential for jubilation merely waiting to be enjoyed. Though you’ll unquestionably have your share of setbacks, these challenges are part of what makes life thrilling. They are just another set of experiences meant to be lived, learned from and overcome. Make an attempt to awake each day with a renewed sense of exhilaration about what is yet to be, what may be or what you have the potential to create and experience.

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” – D.H. Lawrence

Missed opportunities tend to create the greatest regrets. Mistakes can be learned from, the experiences imparted by their happenings leveraged for future improvement or advancement. Opportunities totally avoided, on the other hand, leave nothing behind but regret, blank spaces, eternal question marks punctuating experiences that only ever had the potential to exist. Always strive to be fully present, totally aware of the here and now, so that you do not overlook the possibilities all around you. As with every moment of every day, you can never regain those exact opportunities which are lost.

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” – E.E. Cummings

Surviving is not living. To merely exist does not mean that one has even begun to understand their own truths about what it is to be alive. Discover what is meaningful and pursue it. If you’re unhappy, why? Your life will not simply unfold the way you’d like without intervention. Instead, you must willfully create both the physical world and the perspective framing it, that you wish to inhabit. Be grateful for the allies and assets you have, think about those who’ve inhabited more difficult circumstances than your own, but prospered regardless. This is your life and it’s valuable, it’s meaningful. Don’t waste it, because there will be no second chances given for opportunities lost.

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Many, usually fixating on their own productivity and potential future prosperity, spend the majority of their days unhappy or dissatisfied. Looking forward and working towards one’s goals is essential for success, but doing so inordinately may misuse or neglect the very life you’re trying to build. Find as many moments in each day as possible to be grateful, joyful and to celebrate yourself. You work hard and you have value, you deserve no less than to revel in all the viable elations your reality has to offer. Remember, self care is incredibly important. Without knowing and caring for yourself, you will never have the endurance necessary to achieve your lofty goals or to help others along the way.

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called life.” – Terry Pratchett

The events of our lives tend to feel condensed, compacted and obscure when reflected upon retroactively. Occasions that seemed to exist for an eternity while experienced, now mere memories, blurred and truncated into intangible, disembodied moments. As we continue to age, the memories of our lives will continue to compress, fading into inevitable obscurity as our innate ability for retention degrades. This cannot be avoided. However, by living your life to the fullest, by grasping, enjoying and being grateful for every opportunity, you can look back on the befogged, amalgamated memories of your life with a deep sense of fulfilled contentment rather than lingering regret. The specific details of your accomplishments or experiences may fade, but your personal truths never have to.