Fathoms Of An Ardent Life:

Living Each Day Impassioned

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw

The fear of making mistakes, of failing in our endeavors and perhaps looking weak or foolish in the process, paralyzes many people in a constant state of inaction. What’s important to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. We are all fallible, this is a large part of what it means to be human. It’s how we react to our mistakes, what we learn from them and where we go from there, that really distinguishes us from the herd. The most accomplished and admirable people in this world have a history filled with mistakes. It’s the process of never giving up, of learning and always persisting, that facilitates prosperity.

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” – John Greenleaf

If you never try, can you ever succeed? If you never experience something for yourself, can you ever really understand it? We all err in life, but the most abundant of mistakes, those that are sure to fill us with the greatest of regrets are so often the opportunities we’ve missed entirely rather than those seized tenuously. Even if the road traveled leads to a dead end, have you not learned from this journey? Have you not added to the cartography of your life? Never be afraid to seize the day, for each day is unique unto itself and can never be revisited. If you fall down, get back up. Don’t let your life slip away, take a chance on yourself and live to the fullest.

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

When you write the story of your life, would you like to end up with a collection of blank pages? A tome that stands only as a testament to the emptiness of a life not lived, a reminder of all the opportunities missed? Or perhaps you’d prefer an exciting, diverse adventure filled with love, loss and gratitude. An epic odyssey, distinct to you alone, brimming with joy, laughter and sometimes even sorrow. Which story do you think will leave you with the most regrets? Which story has more wisdom, more advice to offer to all else who read it? You must live your life to the fullest, you must always live for the day, not just for yourself but for everyone else in the world as well. You have so much to offer, so much passion to impart, don’t squander it, don’t withhold it from the universe.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

Just because you’re surviving, doesn’t mean that you’re really living. In life, one must not only nurture their body but also their mind, their soul, their deepest desires and profundities. Never allow yourself to grow numb in the face of your daily challenges or responsibilities. Find the time to remember why you keep going, to remember which things in life make your constant struggles worthwhile. Live for yourself, realize who you are and what you intend to accomplish. Cultivate a perspective on life that allows you to seize every day, to find the joy in each moment, to really live to the fullest. This is your life, don’t let it slip away.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Michael Cunningham

A life of quietude and safety may impart comfort, but too much security, an excess of protection from the world around you will leave you weak, unhappy and filled with regret. Peace is not achieved by avoiding struggle, but by facing it head on and persisting in spite of it, or even because of it. It is often through overcoming the challenges of the outside world that we learn who we really are, what we really desire and how to achieve our goals.