|Photo taken from Ulf Buschmann Photography|
I've been thinking again.
The deep, life pondering type of thinking, much like in All the Little Puzzle Pieces. I am again wondering about things I'll most likely never get to know.
It started with a normal day of People Watching. I People Watch like it's a full time job. When I walk, when I drive, when I'm at the gym. Not in the bad "Look at that outfit!" way, but in the "What makes you tick?" way. Because I really don't care about your hair. It's all because I'm curious. Because I want to know. Because you might have a lesson from life that could make all the difference in the world to someone. Maybe to me.
I grew up with a lot of elderly people around me all the time. Being in a nursing home every day will do that to you. I met so many nice, lonely, lovely people, all that had multitudes of stories to share. The sad part is I was so young I didn't realize how valuable those stories were back then and I remember very little of my conversations. I do remember one lady and her parrot, but that's because she had a parrot, and parrots are awesome, especially to a 5 year old.
Now though, when I see someone older I sit back and I wonder...
Are you happy? Lonely? Scared?
Are you counting down the days to death's doorway or are you embracing every moment, every breath of life left in you?
Did you lead the life you wanted? Was it happy, fulfilling, everything you dreamed of? Did the weight of the worlds worries hold you down or did you wake up each day fighting them back?
Do you have children? Do they visit? Do they love you and care for you and value your ever dwindling precious seconds together? Do they even realize how precious this thing called time is? Do you?
Did you find the love of your life? Your life's purpose? Something to live for each day?
Do you have regrets? Is there one thing you could've-would've-should've done, but didn't? Or did you take that chance and has it made all the difference?
What I really want to know though, is this:
If you were given the opportunity to share the most important thing you've learned from all your time on this earth - with your younger self, with a stranger, with anyone willing to listen and learn - what would it be?
What would it be?
I'm still working on my answer. I assume that it will change as the years pass, but I am curious...
What would your answer be?
Share it with me and I will share it with everyone in an upcoming post. Funny, serious, life changing - you name it.
Your life lessons matter.