Today I heard the song “I Lived” by One Republic for the first time in its entirety. Honestly I don’t think I’ve heard a song that powerful in a long time. The lyrics are so moving, and its basically telling you that you need to make every minute of your life count. I started thinking about how much I want to accomplish and make sure that I experience in my lifetime. I now know how precious life is and how short it can truly be.
At 22, I know I have traveled much more than other people my age have or even those who are older than me. With our road trips, we have been to 48 states (the entire continental US) and 6 provinces in Canada. Post-graduation, I’m planning to either travel Europe with my best friend or to road trip across the country. My dream destination is the land of my ancestors, Ireland. I find that nothing is more freeing than getting in the car and driving, which is why I love our road trips so much. I haven’t been on a plane since 2008….weird I know. I’ve thought of a travel writer as something I might want to do, combining two things I love so much. Wanderlust is a real thing.
While I don’t officially know what I want to do after graduation (who even does??), I know I want to do something I enjoy and not be stuck hating what I do. I want to be unafraid to take risks, unafraid to fail, and to know that no matter what happens, I can pick myself back up and start over again. I’m not making a “Bucket list” because that’s too morbid for me…I’m making a “to do list” of the things I want to experience in my life. When the end comes, I want to look back and know I have done everything I truly wanted to in life.
In short, don’t be too afraid to tell someone you love them, which is how I’m feeling right now. Dwelling too much on thoughts can stop you from doing something you know is right. If there’s things you want to do, make sure you do it. One of the most profound quotes I know comes from Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”…I’ve made this my motto for a while now and its helped me through so many situations. Even if you experience heartbreak or things don’t go the way you wanted, always know that YOU did something you wanted to do. And thats “owning every second”, as Ryan Tedder says in the song (which I linked to the video above if you haven’t heard it).