Historically, this line has served to remind me of the movie Ferris Beuler’s Day Off, and my misspent youth.
Now, however, I basically use it as a mantra to remind myself of how important the idea is.
However it resonates for you, whether it’s stopping to smell the roses, play more, escape less, whatever…it’s important not to forget the basic reality that no matter how much we do in life, if we don’t appreciate the life we have, well, what’s the point of doing all that stuff?
I’ve mentioned before that I work in the entertainment business. My job is to organize, plan projects and think in the long term. A side benefit to this gig is that the company I work for allows me to travel all over the world and actually live in those various locations for at least six weeks at a time.
From 2011 to part way through 2012 I was fortunate to be able to be living in Japan. Every week, when I got to my day off, I had these great plans of getting out to see the country and really immerse myself in this totally new culture and area.
By the time I had to leave for another territory, I had probably only gone out and explored half a dozen times during the whole time I was there. I will forever regret always thinking that “I can do that next week.”
So today, after a little over a week of preparing for a major opening in London, I found myself required to go with a friend to take a picture of a local historical monument (okay, so all of London is a historical monument when you are an American, but that’s another story for another day). I realized, as we were walking to go achieve this errand, that if I hadn’t promised to go along, I might not have done it at all….and I was pretty thankful that I “had” to break the ice.
I mean really, life is pretty cool, and the stuff around us is pretty cool, and cool things happen all the time. I can’t speak for any of you out there but for me, I typically just put my head down and barrel through the important stuff which isn’t really as important as finding a way to celebrate where you are and what you have around you.
We all have our quirks, I certainly think I may have more than my fair share at times, but that means that we therefore get to create all sorts of new experiences and perceptions, even if we’re all looking at the same thing. That is pretty cool to realize. So, there I was, just this morning, standing on the London Bridge, and wondering why it’s such a big deal when you can see Tower Bridge from there and it certainly seems to have more bells and whistles…..
That’s when I had my history lesson today and found out that the London Bridge has been built, destroyed, rebuilt, and apparently, at one point, moved to Arizona (why there, I wonder), before it arrived to it’s current incarnation. You wouldn’t really think that a bridge in a city as old as London could be found to have had multiple personalities over it’s life, but hey, there’s a first time for everything, right?
So here’s where I’m at – not only might you miss “it” — whatever “it” is…..but if you don’t stop and look around once and a while you may definitely find yourself completely forgetting how much there is still out there to learn, and what a shame that would be.
I think Dr. Seuss said it best – “If you never have, you should, for it is fun, and it is good.”