Open Your eyes: Enjoy your life

Open Your eyes: Enjoy your life

By Justin Albright Posted May 29, 2013

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the past couple weeks, it’s that life is short. The Every 15 Minutes presentation at Lowry made me realize how short life actually is. Everything can come crashing down in just a blink of an eye. So, why not enjoy your life?

When I say enjoy your life, I’m not talking about going out and getting drunk or doing drugs. I’m talking about taking a step back and realizing how blessed you actually are in your young life. I recently read somewhere that if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. Now, I don’t know how accurate that actually is, but still, that’s pretty astonishing.

Life would be so much easier if people honestly only cared about themselves instead of constantly worrying about someone else’s problem. We all say we don’t care about what people think, but that’s a lie. As a society, we crave positive opinions from our peers. Everything we do in life is to impress someone, whether it is parents, friends, the opposite sex, or just someone that you strongly dislike. Everything we do in life is to impress someone.

Family; I’ve been fortunate enough to be blessed with an amazing family and so have the majority of the people reading this. Yet, some people think that they have the worst parents in the world just because they won’t let them go out on a Friday night, or when their parents ground them for committing a transgression. That’s their job; they’re supposed to make sure that you’re safe because a parent’s biggest fear is to lose a child. I realize that those of you may not have the best parents in the world, but still, they are still your parents and they still deserve your respect.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve realized that in Oklahoma, there are families trying to wake up to the fact that they’ll never see their children again. Just imagine waking up one day, and not being able to see your family ever again. With all of the tragedies this nation has had in the past couple months, it’s just yet another reminder on how quickly everything can be taken away.

What would you do if today were your last day? If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today? Every single one of you that are reading this should just take a step back and reflect on what you’ve done with your life and how fortunate we have all been. This could be the last thing that you may ever read, if that’s the case, would you be proud of what you all have done so far in life? If not, change it.

Life is short; you never know when death will come knocking on your door. We all need to just take a step back and just realize how good we have it, and tell the people you love that you love them every single day because you never know when you or the person may be taken away.