by Paco Arespacochaga
When we are young, to most of us, the world becomes our playground. There are many opportunities out there for us to grab. Time is on our side. We can mess up and dust ourselves back up and continue on the path. Time is on our side. A few us will strike gold before our 30s and consider ourselves “made for life”. And then there will be some of us who will figure out what life is past the age of 40 and maybe, just maybe, have enough time to consider ourselves “made”. But where does it say we have to be at a certain net worth or stature in life to be considered successful. Here are 7 signs you are living your life the fullest.
You Do What You Are Passionate About
We all experience a good amount of “life changes” as we go through life. We graduate from high school/college to get a job. We settle down and start a family. We send off the kids to their future and realize what’s left is an empty nest. We get sick. And before we realize what had happened, we’re gone. Somewhere along the way, most of us will let go about what we’re passionate about, whether it’s fishing, creating music, gardening, writing poems, sports, etc.
And with most of us, our parents and loved ones have been guilty of dissuading us to invest time in what we are passionate about. And because there is a sense of guilt, we give up on our right to do what we were born to do. And I can tell you, most of us have done that. However, there are a few who will live life doing what they’re passionate about. They wake up every morning knowing that the one thing they were created to do is being done (and here’s where the proper way of doing it is) up to a certain and proportionate degree. If you’re one of those who’ve given up on what you’re passionate about, revisit it.
See if it’ll spark up your zest for life again. It’s what keeps up young.
You Are Becoming More Generous
When we give, we experience an unexplainable joy. That “unexplainable joy” experience is what we take. It’s why it’s called “giving and taking”. And if we want to live life to the fullest, you want your heart to have more joy rather than more pain, right? Also, the ability to give creates a new paradigm to others and teaches us that what we have here in this world is temporary and worth sharing.
Patience is One of Your Best Traits
We will have time to do anything but never enough time to do everything. When I understood what it meant, I learned how to be patient. I learned how to be humble. I know I’ll never have everything I want. But everything that I have are equally important and must be treated as such. This has allowed me to be more patient emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. When you know that all you have is Today, right now… how can you not be in the moment? And when you’re living in the moment, there is no time to be impatient about tomorrow.
There is Peace and Joy In Your Heart
This comes from our acceptance that our time here on Earth is finite. When we come to terms with that, we begin to see the world in a whole new perspective. Have you ever wondered where your anger and frustrations stem from? Your rant comes from you reacting to your environment. Think about that for a second. The minute you realize that you are who you are is equivalent to they are who they are, you begin to accept them for being them. And then the peace in your heart begins. My peace and joy comes from accepting Jesus in my heart. I’m not worthy. I’ll always be human. I’ll always have fear and anxiety somewhere in my gut. But my faith in Jesus has given me the peace and joy I have longed for for a very long time.
You Are Grateful for Everything That You Have
When you’re able to appreciate everything that you have – spouse, children, career, savings account, opportunities, lessons in life, experiences, etc, you become a bigger person. Gratefulness goes a long, long way. In fact, the more grateful you are, the happier you become! In fact, The Harvard Health said “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
You Don’t Feel the Need to Prove Anything
A humble spirit helps us live life to the fullest. And because we have nothing else to prove, we can go on living our lives the way we want to. I’m pretty sure you know people who are in debt because they need to have all the latest gadgets, high end vehicles and fancy homes to impress people they don’t know or will never speak with. What’s that for? Can you imagine the thoughts going through that individual’s head. Can you see the chaos? When you don’t feel any need to prove anything, life becomes more beautiful.
You Have So Much Love to Give
A Flock of Seagulls, a band I liked from the 80s, wrote a song called “The More You Live, The More You Love”. It’s a nice song. And the title of the song made me realize the simplicity of living and loving. You can’t be miserable and love yourself at the same time. And if you can’t love yourself, you cannot love others.
As we go through life, we will experience a lot of trials, as well as victories. In the end, they don’t matter. What matters most is the experience of living life to the fullest. And as we accomplish everything we set out to do, win or lose, the joy that the experience has brought us will determine that we have lived our lives to the fullest.