It seems that now everything is a race, many people trying to be the best in various aspect of life we are living, whether it is health, relationship, job, possession, travel, and anything we can think of. We compare ourselves with people around us, striving to be at least slightly better than they are, we excercise to have the best body shape in office, to have the prettiest or most handsome partner, to have the highest salary around the family member, to have the biggest house, newest car, travel to the most number of countries, etc. We have lost what it means to work and live, we are pursuing the wind that we will never catch, trading our time and energy for more possession and not realising we are chasing death itself. And I’m not talking about physical death only, but also psychological death, the loss of interest in savoring the moment and avoid being in the present.
I’m not going to be náive and say that I’m not part of it, I was and probably still am but I’m aware of it. Really, how much more money do we need until death? How much many more houses and cars? How many more (insert your obsession here)? By answering these question, I believe we could see a broader perspective in life and hopefully, realizing how we have lived in vain. It seems as if we always lived now for the sake of future, work now for paying month’s end bills. Save more money now for later (not that it is bad to do so, in fact, I do encourage it). Save your favorite chocolate or wine for special event later. We are avoiding ourselves to enjoy in the present with what we have, and think that we could always enjoy these later.
Maybe we could save certain things for later, but we have to realize that there are things with expiration date, just like the chocolate you saved for next year valentines day. Time is not always in our allies, we could die at any moment. Our childrens could be taken away from us just when we are working our ass off to safe for their college decade later, instead of nurturing and playing with them. We also think that it is irrational and the chance are very small that it will happen to us, but it does happen, at least to some of us.
The irony is only the one who had such loss will understand what I said above, but they have nothing more to enjoy because it has been taken from them when they realized the fact.