You don’t understand what you are doing. There is no conscious thought. You wake up and just go with the flow. You may have a holiday booked for the summer; a wedding you have to attend in March and you might have a savings plan for your Christmas shopping; but for many people that’s about as much structure as they have in their lives.
We think that we are immortal and so the future really doesn’t exist for us. That being said, we worry about it all of the time, as we also worry about the things we have screwed up in the past, but we never talk about dying and never truly understand the speed of time. Then one day it is upon us and we are gone. We’ll no doubt tell lies and say that we had a wonderful life, that we wouldn’t have changed anything in the world, when really we will wish we had done things differently.
You are the architect of your life. The storyboards are of your own making. You can add splashes of colour, wonderfully exotic locations, beautiful co-stars and plenty of action. It makes me so angry when I think about all of the people who just do not realise that they have the capability and power to achieve anything. Why do dreams always hit a brick wall? Why can’t we just take the action needed to get us moving?
Kate Smye is 11-years old and her mother, Mel, 31, has terminal cancer. There are no thoughts of immortality in the Smye household and they all understand the speed of time. Young Kate has written a bucket list containing all of the experiences she wants to have with her mother before she dies. She wants to create memories. She wants to create her own storyboards.
“Things I would like to save up for to do with my mum and brother while she is well enough.
Legoland or Thorpe Park. To see 1D, or anyone really, as we’ve never been to a concert before and always say we will.
To have a girly shopping day with Mum at Glasgow.
To save up enough for my big dream to go to Disneyland Paris or take my Mum to see a show in London to have the experience I did with my school, as she always wanted to go, but any of these would be good memories for us all.
By Kate Smye, age 11.”
Please provide a donation to Kate Smye so she can experience all of these wonderful things whilst her mother is still well enough. Then wipe away that tear and focus on your own life. What is it that you are putting off doing today? What are you scared of? What is holding you back?
If you are honest you will find that the only thing holding you back is you. Take off that handbrake and let yourself roll away, you will find it exhilarating.
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