Celebrate Life

We have a reason to celebrate life every day. We must constantly remind ourselves that someone somewhere didn’t get the blessing to wake up and experience another day. Sometimes we get in the habit of taking the little things in life for granted.

As time passes us by, we regrettably come to realize that the small things are actually big things. Think of Birthdays, where you grab your phone and text someone you haven’t heard from in a while just to wish them a happy birthday and to let them know you are thinking about them.

Why not do that every day?

Think of Mothers Day, where we take time out of our day to acknowledge some of the most important women in our lives, our mothers. Why not do that every day? Think of a funeral, where everyone gathers around grieving the loss of a dear friend or loved one, to finally understand that life really is extremely precious and that we must live it to the fullest. Why not do that every day?

Celebrating life isn’t about partying every weekend and adopting the YOLO (you only live once mentality) as so many young children these days interpret it. Celebrating life is about living in the present, creating something that will go on to live much longer than you do, and following your passion.

So today, begin to…..

Make your impact.

Live passionately.

Love openly.

Celebrate life daily!

A Cold Hard Fact

No matter how you want to look at it, life here on earth is extremely short no matter how long we live. Each time a tragic event takes place in the world or we get the devastating news that a family member has passed away, we are quickly reminded how limited our time here on earth truly is.

I want to encourage you today to not wait for a tragic event to take place or the death of a family member to start living each and every day to the fullest.

What have you been putting off that’s important to you? What dream of yours have you been pushing to the side because fear has gotten the best of you? Which relationship have you been sabotaging?  If you only had six months to live, what would you do?

Let these questions start the process for you.  Dig deep and find ways to live life to the absolute fullest starting this very moment. Not next week or next month, but NOW.

A cold hard fact that always seems to put things in perspective is when I remind myself, “Sooner rather than later.” We don’t know the time or day, but sooner rather than later, our time here on earth will come to an end.

Life is short, so…..

Chase your passion

Love unconditionally

Cherish each moment

Become world-class at what you do for a living

Make a difference

Claim your greatness

Live in the NOW

Have you ever got so excited about what’s to come in the future that you completely forgot to live in the present? I certainly have, and I know many others that deal with the same problem. In life, it’s very easy to forget about living in the present and direct our focus and energy towards the future, or even worse, the past.

Just last week I spoke to a junior high school for their career day. I always enjoy the opportunity to spend time with the younger generation and share with them not only the tools that will help them become successful, but some of the things I most regret when I was their age. Live in the NOW

One of the main things I decided to focus on was about living in the NOW. I remember when I was their age all I could think about was going to college, and in turn neglected my final days as a high school student. Those are days I’ll never get back. Once I got to college, the same pattern developed. I couldn’t wait to leave Indiana University and start my NFL career.

This was a huge mistake on my part. Sure, it may have worked to my advantage because I always had a vision of what I wanted for my life, but I didn’t take the time to fully enjoy where I currently was or savor the moment. Yes, we must have a vision for where we want to go in life and take ownership of where we currently are, but something that we can’t let happen is to neglect the present.

The present is here to help develop and mold us into the person we need to become. Day by day, life is fleeing away from us. It’s not just the youth that needs to be reminded of this. We as adults need the same reminder. We decide not to give our all at work until a problem arises. We wait to tell those we love most how much they really mean to us. We forget about our most important values and priorities all to make a living or get an extra bonus.

Our society is constantly thinking about the next move. It’s imperative that we have a vision of where we want to go, who we want to be, but that doesn’t mean to forget about the present, the NOW.

No matter where you are, enjoy life as it is right this moment. Create memories that will last you a lifetime. When you get older all you will have left is memories. Don’t forget to make a life while you are busy making a living. There is no better time to start living life to the fullest than NOW.