Time. It is the sole essence of the development of life that propels us forward. To a certain extent, the measure of time was created by us; however, very ironically, we are now bound by time. We are constantly being forced to meet time expectations and limitations. But, time still seems to slip by us.
As of in a couple of weeks, my peers and I are officially seniors. This passage of time has been exponentially fast. But what have I learned that will help me throughout my upcoming life and even summer? What has my life throughout this year taught me (besides US History, physics, and more)?
I recently heard someone say “To really appreciate life, you have to understand that you will die.” Time will pass, it will ultimately fade into nothing, into us going to Heaven (or somewhere else, dependent on your religion) where time literally does not exist, because eternal life! HECK YEAH!!!! Anyhow, our life is a total and utter unknown abyss that we are going further and further down. Our Lord knows our time when we will die but we, personally, do not know when we are going to die. Life is not guaranteed, it is not a free pass. We do not know when our time will come but we should live a life where when it does come, we are glad about the life we live.
Go out, skydive, go bull riding, I don’t know what sounds adventurous or what pushes you out of your comfort zone, but do something that does just that, that scares you. Then, you will truly live.
The Native American Chief, Tecumseh, once said something that has stuck with me ever since I read it, ever since I heard it, and I finally understood how to live a full life. Tecumseh once said this, ” So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to tools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
Have a great summer and if you gained nothing else from this article, I hope that you at least gain something from Tecumseh. I know I have. Ultimately, have a great summer, live fully, serve others, and love with all of your heart.