Stephen Hawking, a popular cosmologist, recently died at the age of 76 from motor neurone disease. Can you believe he was first diagnosed at the age of 21? Most who are diagnosed with this debilitating disease do not live more than 5 years or so after the diagnosis. He lived 55 years. His lifespan was truly remarkable. I haven’t followed his life closely at all, but because his disease hits close to home one cannot help but feel a connection. When you actually know people with this disease and the impact it has, one cannot help but start to see life in a different view. He recently transmitted a message from Spain before he passed away, entitled “Seize the moment”! He referenced being trapped in time and said the following:
“Time trapped. Be brave, be determined, overcome the odds, it can be done.”
Of course he was living proof to that statement. Why is it that we wait for life to happen instead of seizing the moment and making it happen? We wait to sign up for volunteer work. We wait to find that perfect partner before we get married. We wait for that moment when we believe we are financially stable and then decide to buy a house or have a baby. We wait for the sign, that lightning strike or aha moment. We focus on current circumstances and think ‘if we just hold on until…’, everything will fall into place. The funny thing is as noble as that may be, life happens in between and when life happens we miss out on those crucial important moments that instill value and create opportunity to succeed. We then lose our direction as we are overwhelmed by current challenges and what the world dictates. And then we begin with the ‘should haves’.
How many times have you attended a memorial where on walking out you have vowed to be someone different or promised to do something, anything? The reality is, death often resurrects deep meaning and purpose in those left behind, igniting deep yearnings that have been forcefully pushed down for years and ignoring these subtle prompts of life, could very well lead to a complacent, unproductive and selfish life.
Why not just seize the moment!? We have nothing to lose. Not to forsake any wisdom, guidance or financial prudence, but just to do something unexpected, even if it is just one step in the direction of your idea or dream. Even if you need to do it all alone, as daunting as that sounds.
In my previous blog ‘Pull the trigger‘, I ended with this:
“Its what you do with your life that matters. It’s the dream you dare to live. It’s the faith you choose to fight for. Nothing else.”
Seize the moment. Not the day, just the moment for now. That’s where it all starts. I dare you to dare yourself. It can be done! Be brave. Be determined.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop once in a while and look around, you could miss it!” (Author unknown)