I recently went to a memorial service for someone who passed very early in this life. His passing was a shock to many who loved him. I did not know him personally but I was very touched by the celebration service that was held in his honor. He obviously lived his life passionately and although he was gone, I got his message loud and clear:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ~ Hunter S Thompson
Life is not meant to be lived perfectly, it is meant to be lived FULLY with imperfections intact. All the scars, bruises, scratches, stitches…they are all part of what gives us character. Everyone deals with life differently. Some wear their wounds on their sleeve and unfortunately never seem to heal. Some show their wear and tear on their faces and in their eyes, they are worn out from their life experiences. Others look great on the outside but wear their wounds deep inside. And then you find those few that are so busy living life that nothing sticks to them. They embrace the sum total of who they are warts and all.
I don’t know about you but I can only hope to be in that last category. We must be willing to make a few mistakes in the name of progress. Getting to first base is all about the innocent experimentation of life. You begin to stick your neck out and try a few things on to see what will stick. Sometimes you don’t like where you are so you decide to move on. Going to second base takes a little more courage and curiousity. You have to be ready to run as soon as you see that ball flying and whatever you do don’t look back while you’re running forward! If you are lucky enough to make it to third base you have definitely collected a few scratches and bruises but the momentum of success can drive you forward to home plate. Enjoy all the bumps and bruises they are part of the journey. When you have run all of the bases and made it to home plate…you have arrived!
You will know you are on the right track if you:
- Have deep smile lines around your eyes
- Have a few grey hairs – some from kids and others from your own wild ride
- Are exhausted after a full day – you work hard and play hard
- You have a few scars and wear them with pride
Things to remember in the game of life:
- Arrive Home with all the bumps and bruises you can handle because it is part of the human process and it builds character.
- Remember to be gentle on yourself when you get off base.
- Take a chance and go for it as often as you can.
- It’s not about the score, it’s about being in the game.
Thank you JW for the inspiration…you know who you are 😉