A life lived in fear, is a life half lived
I never really thought about this quote until recently if I’m honest. In light of this week’s events, it has been playing on my mind. The reason I feel it has so much resonance today, is because it highlights that we must make the most of our life. We need to stop worrying about things that won’t matter this time next year.
Having hurt my foot, quite badly, last Sunday, I was feeling pretty useless and even annoyed at times. Annoyed that I can’t move around as much and worrying that I have so much to do that requires two feet! I was even thinking about how no exercise would reflect on how I would look in my bikini in two weeks. Then on Tuesday when that awful news was announced about those poor students in Berkeley, I felt as though everything else was so insignificant.
I can’t imagine how the family and friends of those involved are coping. It is one of the hardest things any of them will have to deal with in their lives and I was worried about a minor injury? It really puts things into perspective and makes you realise what genuinely is important. Material items have so little value in comparison to having the people you love healthy and safe.
Worrying about material aspects and stressing about the perfect body, is not a life lived happily. Happiness is found in our family, our friends and appreciating the simple things. The Berkeley tragedy has really brought me back to reality when it comes to living life to it’s full potential and what that truly means.
While I always believe in looking for the silver lining and the lessons learned, I find it difficult to see anything good to come from such a horrific incident. If anything can be taken from this, it is to appreciate the time we have with those we love. To try and forget about the little worries and just focus on being happy and healthy.
-Tell the people you love how much you love them.
-Be kind and generous with your time and your words.
-Do whatever it is that makes you happy.
-Take the risk.
Ireland has experienced so much heartbreak over the last few months. As we are such a small nation, we feel these heartbreaks together. Whether at home or abroad, I can guarantee that not one Irish person was unaffected by the tragedies that have occurred over the last few months. No doubt all our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those six students and also with those who were injured or involved in anyway.