Living life to the fullest

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People love sharing quotes on social media. Recently, I came across a Keanu Reeves quote – or, perhaps it was Richard Gere quote as some people state – anyway, this quote made me think not only about the trustworthiness of the Internet, but also about life.

The first photograph illustrates my life these days, and the second one – my life’s beginning. As you see, the richness of color increases over the years, and the dark areas only mean that I finally know that I know very little.

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Let’s go back to the quote. I am sure you have read it many times. I just copied and pasted it.

“My friend’s mom has eaten healthy all her life. Never ever consumed alcohol or any ‘bad’ food, exercised every day, very limber, very active, took all supplements suggested by her doctor, never went in the sun without sunscreen and when she did it was for as short a period as possible – so pretty much she protected her health with the utmost that anyone could. She is now 76 and has skin cancer, bone marrow cancer and extreme osteoporosis.

My friend’s father eats bacon on top of bacon, butter on top of butter, fat on top of fat, never and I mean never exercised, was out in the sun burnt to a crisp every summer, he basically took the approach to live life to his fullest and not as others suggest. He is 81 and the doctors say his health is that of a young person.

People you cannot hide from your poison. It’s out there and it will find you so in the words of my friend’s still living mother: ‘if I would have known my life would end this way I would have lived it more to the fullest enjoying everything I was told not to!’”

I am honest with you – I have read this piece many times, trying to attribute it to Keanu Reeves. I couldn’t. My friend had eaten healthy and lost her life to cancer, leaving behind three children. This part I understand. What I don’t understand is the definition of “living life to the fullest” in this message. Somehow I feel that the old couple have nothing to do with the idea of a ‘full life’ measured in eating, drinking and challenging the common sense. Yet, it is not the first time I hear this definition – eat what you like, drink what you like, party, do stupid things, live your life to the fullest. I have done a good couple of stupid things myself, but obviously not many enough to experience the joy of fulfillment and achievement… So, instead, I am trying to fill up my life with the things that are more meaningful. You can guess that it is not as easy as simply eat my favorite food ( I have many favorite foods). Sometimes I feel discouraged, but then I think about many terrific humans who truly live their life to the fullest, and I do my best too, spending time with my family, learning as much as I can take in, traveling as much as I can afford, doing nice things to others. I know that this list is not impressive at all, and looks pretty selfish too, but it keeps me busy, and gives me many opportunities. I love being alive.

An overused proverbial phrase “When life gives you lemons…” has many recipes to get you through the unpleasant experiences. But what if life gives you garlic? I googled and learned that I can use it to kill vampires. Be happy for everything life gives you 🙂 There are some pictures from the English Market in Cork City.

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Sometimes life seems so awful. Can it get any worse?

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Yeah, it can!

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But hang in there, it will all get sorted in the end 🙂

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Sometimes your life is a reflection in the river.

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Sometimes it leaves lasting marks.

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Life is never the same, and to live it to the fullest means to embrace all the aspects and do your best to enjoy it. Your best, not only your basics 🙂 With all my sincere love for chocolate…

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inesemjphotography  Have a wonderful weekend!

149 comments

  1. A good post. There is a lot of truth to it.
    (There also is a lot of Paulo Coelho stuff going around elsewhere)
    I had a key question when I was interviewing young and eager executives to come into my company. The key question, beyond school, university, experience was: “Do you have a Passion”. Blank stares. Not in the manual. and I went on to explain: ” It can be anything, collecting stamps from Rhodesia for instance. Whatever”. Very few had a Passion. I hired them all. 🙂
    So, just feed and nurture and follow your passions, great or small.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you for this wonderful comment and adding a great aspect to the definition of Full Life. Very few had a passion, huh? Most of people can tell what they love to do straight away, but if you ask what they are passionate of doing… Many people would tell that they love to travel, and it is how they imagine their life lived well, but they have no means, you see. Meanwhile, a passionate traveler is long gone, on a budget, and even wrote a blog 🙂 Your HR skills are brilliant 🙂

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      1. Thank you my dear. About HR skills, my former executives would tell you I also was a tough boss. Some called me Gibbs! But then we still meet with many, and always enjoy it. So maybe I wasn’t too bad a boss? 🙂

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  2. Heartwarming post, Inese, I am truly touched by your post. Thank you ❤ I love especially this line: "Life is never the same, and to live it to the fullest means to embrace all the aspects and do your best to enjoy it." – so true!

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