“Why are you not being everything you can be right now?” – Gabrielle Bouliane
Life’s short. I’ve had enough loss in my life to always remind me you never know how much time you have to make the most of what you’ve got.
I follow the advice of one of my mentors, living each day as if it’s my last, but planning to live 100 years. I never let fear or resistance get in the way. It’s a path of giving my best where I have my best to give, living my values, following my growth, and creating the experiences I want in my life.
I chase my dreams, but I enjoy the process. I share what I learn along the way and I help lift others up. Maybe that star is just out of my reach, but, hey, if you stand on my shoulders, maybe you can reach yours, and that’s a win, too.
I don’t live with regrets. I know we don’t regret the things in life we do, it’s the things we didn’t. Now and then I use my rocking chair test to remind myself what’s important. I imagine my future self looking back — “What do I wish I would have done, while I could?”
I always told myself don’t be the has been who never was, but I also follow my Mom’s advice, which happens to be the same as John Wooden, Bruce Lee, and my other heroes … “Be YOUR best.” It’s not being THE best in the world. It’s being YOUR best, in YOUR world. And that’s a big difference. Living your best is the simplest success I know.
I don’t need anymore reminders of how short life is, or what’s important, or how to live life to the fullest. I’ve had plenty of times in my life where the world stops … or where somebody in my life had their world come to a sudden stop. If you’ve ever had those moments, you know how they change you. With your new lease on life, an attitude of gratitude takes on new meaning, and so does your life.
If you know what that moment is like where the world stops, you’ll relate to this video. If you’re waiting for your life to change, or if you’re waiting to be everything you can be, this might be just the video you need to see. It’s a video by Gabrielle Bouliane, who died not long after sharing her message.
Gabrielle has so many powerful messages, but this is my key take away:
“You get this one moment to regret all the things you said you’d do but never did, and then it’s over. You die or you live. If you live, the look in your eyes is never the same.”
Update: For some people the embedded video isn’t working, so here is the direct link to the video – Gabrielle Bouliane (Austin Poetry Slam) on YouTube.
Photo by John-Morgan.