Smooth jazz is so incredibly relaxing! I’ve been listening to it for the last hour or so and I could totally go for a nap right now. It’s like a breath of fresh air because it allows my brain to focus on the music, instead of other thoughts.
Speaking of thoughts, back in February I wrote a post titled Thoughts. It was about there being more to life than just working and looking forward to relaxing at the end of a long day, which leads me to the book I just finished reading—The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern.
The book is about Lucy, a 29 year old who is unhappily stumbling through life. She begins receiving letters from Life—her life. Now before you think I’ve lost my mind, you should know that all of Cecelia Ahern’s books have a whimsical element. Anyway, she receives letter after letter, but she ignores them all…until she can’t ignore them any longer.
She meets with her Life at his office, which is as dreary as he is. He is dressed in a crumpled suit and looks exhausted and worn out—disheveled, if you will. What I love about this is that Lucy is seeing her Life right before her eyes. Meaning, his appearance is a direct reflection of her everyday life.
Take a moment to think about that. What would your Life look like if you were able to actually meet your life face-to-face? I think my Life would look quite tired and frankly a little bored—perplexed and wondering what’s next. I also think my Life would look me in the eye and ask why I don’t get out and enjoy life more. Take, for example, this quote from the book:
Someone once said, the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.
Hello! What an eye opener for me. I do believe that those who are well-traveled have a better outlook on life and are more cheery. One day Steve and I will get out there and travel the world…just as soon as our debt isn’t holding us back. Ugh, darn debt.
Anyway, Lucy and her Life journey on together and eventually her Life starts to look sharper and more handsome, which can only mean one thing—Lucy’s life has improved. She’s a better person and happier because of it.
Another quote I loved from the book:
As long as you’re around, your life is too. So just as you shower love and affection and attention on the husbands, wives, parents, children and forever friends who surround you, you have to do so equally with your life, because it’s yours, it’s you, and it’s always there rooting for you, cheering you on, even when you feel like you can’t do it.
For me, this quote holds so much meaning. I’m always so focused on taking care of other people that oftentimes I neglect to take care of myself—my life. That’s a hard pill to swallow. This book made me realize that I need to stop everything, take care of myself—physically, emotionally, mentally—and rethink the road I’ve been traveling. It’s not selfish to take care of myself and think for a while about what makes me truly happy in life. I think sometimes it’s easy for us all to forget that we get 1 life. There are no re-dos, but we can make changes to live a better life moving forward.
At the end of The Time of My Life, there are a few questions we should all sit quietly and answer. Here goes:
1. Which one key event made you re-evaluate your life?
2. When you’re lost, how do you find yourself?
If you’ve read this book, I’d love for you to leave a comment with your thoughts. Even if you’ve yet to read this book, you can still give all this some thought and answer the questions above. The take-home message here…don’t let life pass you by.
The days are long, but the years are short. -Gretchen Rubin