When we wake up each morning, our thoughts sometimes race to what we hope to accomplish during our waking hours, that is, when we are not occupied by such things as employment, school, duties of a mandatory nature, etc.
How often do we actually take a moment and simply be thankful that we got up at all? For that matter, when do we take the time to appreciate the freedoms, the good health, and the gifts that are bestowed to us at any given time?
To be sure, some of what we have is earned the old fashioned way, while other things are a result of biology, charity, and good fortune. Whenever possible, if I think about it, I express gratitude as often as circumstances dictate.
Going back to those waking hours (the older we get, the faster they seem to go), we have finite options and limited time in which to exercise them. Sometimes our priorities are not those of our friends and family, but then again, sometimes some of their choices would not be necessarily our own. But that is just another wrinkle in the power of free will and personal choice.
What YOU do with your spare time is often up to you, and only restricted by will and resources.
If you want to read a book, check out a blog, catch a television show, or otherwise partake in some activity that interests you, assuming that you have the time and capability in which to do so, there is no one or nothing stopping you from doing so. Really.
Realize, however, that your priorities can advertise to the world as to the type of person you are. If that matters to you enough, your actions will reflect your intent accordingly. This goes double to the people you choose to associate with, along with the things you elect NOT to do.
I've made decisions, good and bad, over the course of my 46-plus years on the planet that have come to bite me in the behind, as well as saved it on numerous occasions. I can't undo my past, but my past can influence my future choices.
If you are someone in my real life away from the computer that I designate a "dear friend," you can bet that I will make great efforts to visit when possible (via voice, email, in person, etc.). Should I have a desire that I wish to see fulfilled, I will make choices that will facilitate the completion of said desire, likely at the expense of lesser priorities.
And you can bet that I will always respect the decisions of others who actively elect to do the same.
So where am I going with all of this? Simply put, I hold no ill will against anyone who appreciates the brevity of life, and makes choices that will hopefully enhance what remaining time that is left, whether it be 2 minutes or 50 years down the road. You can bet that I always try to do the same.
There is no point is whining over things that one can't change, but there is something to be said for taking action on things one CAN affect directly.
To quote Pat Benatar: "Life is too short, so why waste precious time?"