This I Believe

Jenny - Lawton, Oklahoma
Entered on February 6, 2008

I believe in living for the moment.

There is nothing remarkable about me. I have never saved anyone’s life nor persevered through a life-threatening illness. I have never suffered through any incredible pain and have never even had to go to a family member’s funeral. I am an extremely lucky young woman.

But, even without having any of these experiences that most “inspired” people do, I still have this amazing desire to live. Granted, I do believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, so this does influence my ideas about “living,” but even though I do believe in a better life after death, I still believe in making the best out of the one I have been given for this world.

I think children have the right ideas about how to live. When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up you will usually get a grand answer. They want to be a policeman and a fireman and a cowboy and a princess all at the same time. Give a child an opportunity to enjoy something simple like a mud puddle and they will take that opportunity and turn it into the best mud puddle experience ever.

This is how I try to live my life. If someone wants to give me a mud puddle, I’ll take it and make the best of it. I don’t want to be one of those people who spends their life chasing after money and power; I want to be the one who spends their life chasing that next great experience. I want to see the world. I want to meet as many different people as I can and learn about every culture. I want to fall in love and be loved in return. I want to go to my grave with a smile on my face and I want everyone to know that I lived a full life. And who knows how long this life will be? The only one who knows probably isn’t going to let me in on the answer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So while I’m here, I’m going to live my life like its going out of style. I’ll take every opportunity to enjoy the world and everyone living in it. I’ll savor the times I spend with those I love and live with no regrets. After all, who knows if tomorrow will come? I don’t. And because of that, I believe in living for the moment