I’ve been talking a LOT about adventure and being fully present AND I’M NOT SORRY. I’m just fed up with not really living! I’m having an adventure rush…AND TO BE HONEST I’M NOT REALLY SURE WHEN IT WILL END. Maybe never. Hopefully. I don’t know. I JUST WANT TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST.
At least, my version of it.
So, I am.
Would you like to know what’s coming up on my schedule? I’ve made plans to ride the Texas State Railroad (Rusk, TX/Palestine, TX), jump on the World’s Biggest Bounce House (Houston, TX), attend the Texas State Fair (Dallas, TX), and hear Jen Hatmaker and John Crist (Longview, TX).
Why would I not do these things? What am I waiting for?
I’m through punishing myself and making myself “suffer” simply because I’m not where I want to be career-wise (yet). I’M ALLOWED TO HAVE FUN, FOR PETE’S SAKE.
You can save money while simultaneously finding ways to live life to the fullest.
SIDE NOTE: Spending money is definitely NOT mandatory in order to live life to the fullest! As I mentioned before, “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make memories. You just need to be in good company and have an eager spirit.”
I’ve always been good with my money! I’m budgeting and learning about finances. But, even so, I’ve been guilty of being too money-minded. I often put “have fun” on hold. To be honest, I think it’s because I worry about what people are going to think…which is absolutely RIDICULOUS & STUPID. Do you ever worry about that and choose NOT to do something because you’re scared of what people will say? Like…because you’re not making bookoo amounts of money, you’ll be criticized for having fun? EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT MONEY SAVER AND YOU CAN (AND WILL) EASILY MAKE UP THAT $20.00 IN NO TIME FLAT.
YOU’RE DANG RIGHT I WANT TO JUMP ON THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE FOR $20.00 WHILE ALSO GETTING TO SEE SOME OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
We shouldn’t feel bad or ashamed because we’re choosing to live life to the fullest. Leaving wiggle room in your budget or schedule for having fun is not the same thing as being careless.
It’s okay to have fun and live life to the fullest without reservation. You’re allowed to set aside time to do things you’ve always wanted to do.
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE SPONTANEOUS AND DO THINGS ON A WHIM.
The other day, I told my mom, “October only comes around once a year. It won’t be here until another 365 days. Why would I not set aside time to watch Halloween movies and do fall-related things every day? Why not?”
That’s a question I am continuously asking myself, “WHY NOT?”
Why would I not do the haunted house at the Longview Public Library? It costs $2.00 this year.
Why would I not make plans to ride the Texas State Railroad? People literally drive from all over for this historic train ride through the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Why would I not immediately text my friends because the world’s biggest bounce house is coming to their town? IT IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE, PEOPLE. AND THERE IS A BLOW UP BASKETBALL GOAL. STICK A FORK IN ME BECAUSE I’M DONE.
The same goes for Christmas! I’m sure I’ll write another blog post about this later. But, if you think about it, I mean REALLY think about it, we’re only able to enjoy the month of October (and the month of December) for 1/12 of our life.
I didn’t have Mrs. Cook or Mrs. J check my math so I can’t promise this is right…but this is what I came up with: Imagine you’re 72 years old. There are 12 months in a year…and only 1 of those 12 months is designated to October (1/12). If you divide 72 by 12, you get 6. So, if you live to be 72 years old, only 6 of those 72 years would be spent in October.
Why are we not striving to make the most of it!?
How often does Jen Hatmaker or John Crist come to LONGVIEW, TX!? How often does the WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE travel across American soil and come to a city only a few hours away from you!?
I’ll answer that.
Once every blue moon…or should I say solar eclipse…BAHAHAHAHA!
I actually made that joke the other day to someone and they laughed…so if you don’t think it’s funny, blame them. They did this to you. Not me.
If you’re serious about wanting to live life to the fullest, you can start by following John Crist and Jen Hatmaker on social meda. John Crist is the funniest Christian to ever walk Planet Earth and Jen Hatmaker is a very close second. Watch John’s Instagram stories and YouTube videos. Read Jen’s books. Your life will change.
There’s a quote by a different John (John Bytheway) that says, “The best way to prepare for death is to live life to the fullest.”
That seems dramatic at first, I know…but it’s actually not if you think about it.
Most people say, “I’ll get around to it eventually” or “maybe next time” but THERE MAY NOT BE A NEXT TIME.
In fact, there usually isn’t.
Things slip their mind and they don’t actually end up getting around to it.
That may be blunt and unfortunate…but it’s the blunt and unfortunate truth. The opportunity to live life to the fullest is there but most people don’t have a willingness to grasp it.
We might not see another October. Jen Hatmaker or John Crist may never come to Longview ever again. When’s the next time the WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE will travel across the country?
If I die tomorrow, I want to have lived well today.
Life is not meant to be all work and no play…and that’s a huge lesson I’m learning! THANK GOODNESS. Because I would be kickin’ myself a month or year from now had I not chosen to do these things.
Let’s not look back when we’re 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 or 70 or 80 and be filled with regrets. I don’t want to be all gray-haired and wrinkly-skinned sitting in my rocker wishing I had ridden the infamous Texas State Railroad, pre-bifocals.
I don’t mean to sound morbid but WE MIGHT NOT BE HERE TOMORROW. I’m not recommending blow your money or stop budgeting (I’ve got a house to save up for!). I’m just encouraging you to live life to the fullest and experience what’s here and now before it’s too late.
So, in addition to your must-dos, don’t forget to schedule “LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST” into your calendar.
Because that’s a definite must-do.
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