Grabbing life by the horns

I was looking for something in my blog today and found this post I wrote shortly before I left on this trip. I can certainly say I’ve done exactly that!

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO! What a ride!”

That’s exactly how I want to live my life. Someday I’ll pedal away to that great sunset in the sky with a smile on my face and the knowledge that I’ve lived life.

I mean – I’ll look back on my life and say, “I’ve LIVED!” Yes, there’s no doubt that I’ll look back on it and realize that I made mistakes – in fact there have been times when I’ve downright screwed up. But mostly – I can honestly say I’ve grabbed life by the horns and taken advantage of every day God has given me.

I don’t want that final day to arrive and I look back on my life and say, “I wish I woulda…” I talk to so many people who say, “Someday I’d like to…yadda, yadda, yadda…” I don’t want to be that person.

So I’m heading out – out for the ride of a lifetime.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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5 Responses to Grabbing life by the horns

  1. Rev Johannes Myors February 7, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Interesting posting because I share the same thoughts. While I was reading you posting, I was reminded of a short pondering that I have on my website and a poem called “Someday”.

    A REMINDER

    Turn around slowly, life is a racer. A blink of an eye takes us from here to there. Turn around slowly; treasure each day here. These precious moments may come to be rare…..

    We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.

    Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.

    After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are we able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

    The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way.

    So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with… and remember that time waits for no one.

    So, stop waiting….
    –until your car or home is paid off
    –until you get a new car or home
    –until your kids leave the house
    –until you go back to school
    –until you finish school
    –until you lose 10 lbs.
    –until you gain 10 lbs.
    –until you get married
    –until you get a divorce
    –until you have kids
    –until you retire
    –until summer
    –until spring
    –until winter
    –until fall
    –until you die…

    There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So-work like you don’t need money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, And dance like no one’s watching.

    (Source and Author Unknown)

    Someday

    Someday I’ll jump through puddles,
    Take a stroll or run a race.
    Someday I’ll walk across the street
    Or maybe walk in space.
    Someday I’ll scale a mountain
    Or I’ll join a nature corps.
    Someday I’ll walk a tightrope
    Or explore the ocean floor.
    Someday these feet will do some things
    That only heaven knows,
    BUT
    For today they’re happy
    Just to wiggle all their toes.

    (Author Unknown)

  2. Gene Royal February 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I believe the Bible is the Manufacturer’s Manual, that it nowhere tells us to be happy but tells us to always have joy. I believe it teaches that happiness is a response to circumstances and that Joy is a deep conviction that all is well regardless of circumstances – like the totally non-understandable “just knowing” that everything is going to be all-right while you lie beside your dead wife, freezing in minus 10-20C until you are rescued. I believe God is the only source of Joy and we can accept or reject it.

  3. Sharlene February 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I love that quote about how to live life! I hope to skid in shouting “what a ride!” as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Travis February 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Nancy,

    As great as that sounds, it is a lie. I have looked into the eyes of some who have lived their life that way. Their body is used up and broken, but they haven’t been fortunate enough to die yet. They spend countless hours staring at a blank ceiling waiting for their body to expire. Gene expresses wisdom when he says to find joy in all things. Joy and peace trump happiness everytime. Think of when you were most at peace. Was it during some wild ride or was it in the quiet helping hand that you offered someone less fortunate than yourself. Keep spreading the love! I know you guys are.

  5. terry February 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    You Guys ROCK!!!

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