Life... Make the Most of It, a short story by Twinkletwinkle. Date added: 2011-10-07. Times viewed: 1256.
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- Intro: A light-hearted look at something we all have, but no two are the same...
Life… Make the Most of It.
Babies don’t know they’re born… literally. For them, life is simple. They cry, they get what they want, be it food, warmth, a clean nappy or a reassuring cuddle… or just some attention… no problem.
For young children, life is easy. The hardest decision they have to make is whether to watch a DVD or a kid’s channel, or… fish fingers or sausages for tea… decisions, decisions. No stress, no responsibilities… a lovely, carefree time of life for most
Now, teenage can be a bit of a problem. Bringing with it hormones, mood swings, spots (why would one always pop up on your nose when you had a hot date?) Relationships that are sooo intense, just around the same time as exams… absolute nightmare. Never having enough money, keeping up with all the latest trends.
I wouldn’t want to go back to that period in my life in a hurry, the stress can be unbearable.
Although, teenage isn’t all bad. More freedom, more independence, partying and learning about life.
But then it hits you… adulthood.
Suddenly, instead of parents making most of the decisions, you are expected to be responsible and make important decisions for yourself. Not like… to wear the jeans that are so tight that they nearly cut you in two, or the skirt so short that surely you picked up a wide belt by mistake. Or, which shoes, which bag, which coat?… I’m sure the males of the species have similar taxing decisions to make.
But no...there are more serious things to think about for young adults.
Which political party to vote for? (You soon learn that they are all basically the same, they all exaggerate, lie and manipulate to get voted in).
Heaven forbid they fall in love because then they have to decide… to marry or ‘live in sin.’ Mortgage or rent? Have children now, later or never? These are really important decisions… life changing in every sense of the word.
Then there are the endless bills to pay, money issues, planning for the future, pensions. You don’t want to be thinking about pensions when you’re in your twenties, but you really need to. The consequences of wrong decisions at that point in your life can be very serious.
Long gone, the carefree days of youth, with long summer holidays from school and lots of free time to hang out with friends.
Why is it that as we get older, the year seems to get shorter?
There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done once you have children. They take over your life completely, with their portion of your calendar full up with appointments, parties, after school activities, clubs. The adult side is almost empty apart from the odd dental check up, haircut or smear test. Oh, the excitement…
When my children were small, I remember longing for a time when I’d be able to go in the bathroom on my own, without a little voice outside the door asking “What ya doin’?”
Constantly asking questions, sometimes you’d like them to be quiet for five minutes. Then teenage comes along and you’d wish they would speak occasionally… in English. Or at least in the language that you and their teachers spent many years drumming into them.
Children are wonderful though, watching them grow and develop is fascinating. They absorb information like sponges, though as an adult, I have discovered that some of that information trickles out and gets lost with age.
No, my memory isn’t what it was. Did I lock the door? Turn the oven off? Where are my keys? Sorry… what is your name again? … Yes I know you only just told me… (Or even worse when it’s someone you’ve known for forty years).
Life doesn’t get easier as we get older, but there’s no reason why it still shouldn’t be fun.
You may feel knackered and have aches and pains that you didn’t have a few years ago, and your brain might still think you are twenty, but your body tells you something else entirely, but make the most of every day.
Stay active, a simple walk along a riverside, or in a park, appreciating the beauty of our countryside can lift your mood… and doesn’t cost anything.
Travel, if you can afford to, enjoy the wonders that the world has to offer. Keep your mind active too, read, write, do Sudoku if you really must. Keep busy and fill your time with things you enjoy.
As Monty Python once said, “Always look on the bright side of life.”
Don’t regret anything, you can’t change it, and everything happens for a reason and you learn from it.
Live life to the full, give love and friendship and you will be rewarded in kind.
Three things are certain:
1. Life is too short.
2. Make the most of it, this isn’t a rehearsal.
3. You can’t take it with you, there’s no point being the richest person in the graveyard.
So there you have it.
Live every day as if it’s your last, because one day it will be.
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