live life to the fullest

Written By: Apoorva bhatnagar

January 2, 2017

Live life to the fullest
It has often been said, “Make each day count because you never know when it will be your last.” A similar sentiment is evoked in Dr. Parker’s quote, “We ought to make every moment count, because it may be the last.” Merely knowing life’s unpredictable nature is not enough. Understanding the complexities of life and embracing them, taking risks and believing in them, to me, is what makes one live life to the fullest.
At times, it seems as though life contains an endless supply of days. I thought this for sure when I was younger. It didn’t matter how long I held a grudge or how long I waited to do something that I wanted, there would be an unlimited pool of other opportunities. At least, that’s what I thought back then. Maybe it’s the journey from childhood to adulthood, the moment when you realize life happens now in every moment and that’s all you’re guaranteed. It doesn’t really hit you when you merely know it, it hits you when you feel it. When a tragedy rocks your world and you realize that you will never be able to have the time in the past again. Once such tragedy in my life was losing my childhood friend at the age of 15. Never had I ever thought that life could take away something that was mine without my permission. Knowing that death is imminent is not enough, it is only close experience that teaches us about life’s unpredictable nature.
It took me quite some time to realize that life will fade away eventually and sitting and not doing anything about it makes me like a person on the drowning Titanic. After this realization I thought to my self is my life a life of mere chores and duties or am I doing things that I wished for, dreamed about and talked with passion about. Facing this realization was not only harsh but disheartening. But it was in that moment that I decided to take control of my life and do the things I wanted to do. It is because of that decision that I pushed myself to pursue the career I wanted instead of doing what society said was right for me. My career as a Chef might not make me the richest person, alive but it surely does make me the happiest person alive.
Living life to the fullest, or making every moment count, starts with taking our own decisions and believing in those decisions. It’s almost impossible to have no regrets in life but the risks that are never taken will never become a part of your life. Falling in love, travelling, making peace, helping society, staying healthy etc. whatever it may be that someone wants to do should do it, even if it means deviation from a certain plan, because life may not give chance to every plan we have in mind and the only way to truly live this unpredictable life is to do the unpredictable yourself. Finally, the message I want to leave out is that maybe living a meaningful, passionate life has nothing to do with its length and everything to do with its width.