I often say time is the most expensive thing in life. It’s the one thing we can never get back once it has been spent or something we can earn more of, no matter how hard we work or what we do.
Our time on this earth is limited and we are perishable items. This can feel scary but acknowledging this also reminds us of how precious and beautiful it is. So why not try to make the most of the time here?
In 1997’s blockbuster movie, Titanic, Jack, played by a very young Leonardo DiCaprio says this quote while having dinner with rich hoity toity people. He comes from a completely different world than these people, being poor, yet he has this wisdom and maturity that was shaped by his circumstances.
Our lives consist of a series of days full of moments strung together. Our lives are ultimately defined by how we choose to spend each moment and day. To live a meaningful life, be intentional and make each moment meaningful.
How To Make Each Moment Count
Set a Daily Intention
Every morning, set an intention for the day ahead. What would make your day great? What do you want to focus on? How do you want to feel? Rather than being distracted by the chaos every day brings, setting an intention helps you be more mindful about aligning your day with what you want to focus on.
Every day is a gift. Every moment is an opportunity to be present and enjoy it. It’s easy to get caught up in our worries for tomorrow or the mistakes we made in the past. We often postpone our lives to some point in the future. We think we will work on our goals next month or start our habits next week. However, as we do this, we postpone our lives. If you want to start a healthy habit, don’t wait; start it now. Begin working on your goals now. Take action now.
A common tendency of humans is to make life harder than it is. We feel like we don’t deserve to just have ‘fun’ or enjoy life. It feels selfish or wrong.
However, without joy, what’s the point of life? There is something beautiful about enjoying the moment. It is okay to prioritize fun.
Think about what lights you up. Is it singing? Painting? Cooking? Watching the sunset? Try to actively carve out time for joy every single day. This will enrich your life and keep you going even when you don’t feel like it. You will go to bed feeling fulfilled.
Face Your Fears
One of the biggest blocks to living life to the fullest is fear. Our fears stop us from doing what we truly want, what our hearts crave, and from chasing our desires. Whether it is quitting your job and starting a business, selling everything you own and traveling the world, or perhaps something as small as wearing red lipstick, we restrict ourselves because of fear.
However, if you want to live each day to the fullest, ask yourself: what would you do if you weren’t afraid of anything?
Consider what comes up for you. It might be scary, but often it can be tremendously liberating. Assume it is your last day on earth. How would you spend the day? What would you do with your precious time? Make each day meaningful because the truth is, you never know which day is your last. So live each moment to its fullest.