In January of this year a young man was shot in the Orland Park mall. He later died from his injuries. I'm sure when he left his home that morning he did not think he would never return. He was 18. Young. At that age you think you have many years before you. That you have time to do the things you want to do. That you can fool around because you have time. The whole incident bothered me. The fact that a 19 year old was walking around with a loaded gun and not concerned about pulling it out in a crowded food court to fire. The fact that an 18 year old will never have the chance to do the things he wanted to do. Then I started thinking about life.
Life is to be lived. We should enjoy each and every day. We should live life. Not sit back and let the days pass by thinking we have time. Doing things we don't really want to do, but feel we need to do. feeling obligated to say yes when we want to say no. Doing activities that don't interest us at all. Working jobs that we hate. Existing but not living.
The more I thought about that baby and his life snuffed out, it made me decide that this year I was going to live my life. I was going to do the things that I wanted to do, spend time with the people I want to spend time with, say no if I don't want to do something, do nothing if I am inclined to do that. What about you? Can we agree that we will no longer live our lives waiting? Because what are we waiting for? Live is to be lived. Now. Right now!