How often have you heard someone say “Life is too short…,” to preface something they’re urging you not to do, or do, for that matter? Gazillions right? I’ve said it too, many times.
And it’s just wrong! The truth is that life is actually the longest thing you will ever do. Period. Think about it…
Now about that video clip – one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite films, and pretty darn appropriate for this month. It seems to contradict what I’ve said above. Right?
It just means to live life making wise choices during the time you have at your disposal; that’s my take on it at any rate. Because nobody knows how long their term of life will be, unless they intentionally choose a time to end it. Easier said than done, I admit, but surely we can strive to make more wise choices than unwise ones, overall.
And forget about “living” forever in the afterlife. That’s just a steaming pile of bullshit. Living once is enough, if you do it right, as someone once said (okay, I paraphrased – sue me)
Now for that poem by Robert Herrick from Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams. And oh, don’t take that bit in the last verse about marrying too seriously. It’s 2014 for Thor’s sake; just substitute it with go live in… It won’t rhyme with You may for ever tarry, but hey, you can’t have it all, now can you.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.