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The Last Breath of Summer

Written by Karissa Swartz, Community blogger | Aug 16, 2013 4:19 PM

I cannot believe it is already the middle of August. Where did time go? It always seems to go by so quickly—you blink and a couple months have already flown by.

I hate thinking about the last days of summer and the start of in school session. It seems unfair to enjoy three months of unstructured fun and then be subjected to the classroom again for a long nine months. Yet here we are again—school is right around the corner and there’s no stopping the sudden and unwelcome approach of it.

Whenever I think about the last days of summer fading into fall I love to think about the essence of time, and how well we spend it. It always amazes me how quickly those three months of summer seem to go by, and it makes me wonder how many more summers this will happen. One thing I’ve learned about life is that no one is guaranteed a tomorrow—all we have is today.

Have you ever thought about that? How today might be the last day of your life, and that you might not wake up tomorrow morning? It’s sobering to ponder life and the time we are given. It causes me to reevaluate how I spend my time since I’m not guaranteed even five more minutes.

I don’t write this blog to be depressing or discouraging, but rather to cause people to stop and think about how we waste so much time on the frivolous things in life and don’t take the opportunity to count the important events that occur.

Last night my friend and I were talking about how much time we as a people waste. My friend said something very profound and true: “We always wish for more time in the day. If we had 48 hour days, that would just leave us with more and more time to waste, and yet we’d still end the day wishing for more.” I have found myself always wishing for more time, yet it’s the little moments that we waste on things that don’t matter that really add up.

Sometimes it’s healthy and good to take a few moments to assess your life. Are you making an impact? Have you lived today like you wanted to, or are you just going through the motions? Are you loving, forgiving, and respecting people like you would if you knew you were dying? Because the truth is, we are dying a little more each day. No one is getting any younger, and it is my encouragement to you that we all live each day in such a way that we want to be remembered.

Now the truth is most of us will wake up tomorrow and carry on with our lives. Some of us may like 20, 30, or 40 more years. In our society today it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and miss the big picture called life. I find myself doing it all the time. Even though I’m young, I’ve seen how people waste their lives and then look back and cry over the time they spent doing worthless things.

I would encourage each person reading this to stop, just for 5 minutes, and take a look at your life. Do you want to be remembered for the way you are living now? Do you always wish there was more time in the day, but end up wasting the time you do have? I know sometimes I have to stop and really take a look at my life. I think it’s so healthy to do, and it really does make a difference in how you view each day and the people around you.

Ferris Bueller has a great quote that sums up what I’m trying to say. He says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around in a while, you could miss it.” Don’t waste years of your life going through the motions, only to look back and regret the time you wished you had used more wisely. Like the old saying goes, it’s always good to stop and smell the roses.

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