Before my husband and I got married, he invited me to a company outing that included a boat ride. Too embarrassed to tell him I was afraid to get on a boat, I reluctantly accepted the invitation. Yes, I have a fear of getting on a boat and sailing to the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but water. This fear started with me as a child and my mother has a hilarious story to tell about me freaking out on a paddle boat when I was young, LOL! Well life only happens once, so I decided to get on that boat, but I prayed the entire time, and the picture above is the best proof that I have to show that I was on a boat (for those who doubt me), proof that I survived, and that I actually enjoyed myself! One of the small pep talks I had with myself on that day included the phrase, “You Only Live Once!”
I was recently asked to participate in a 5 day Blogger Challenge and today is my Day 1: “A Quote you try to live by.” My Quote: “You Only Live Once!”
Honestly, this quote has only become impactful to me over the last few years, but looking back, I’ve always had this energy, only misdirected. Many years ago this quote was used to persuade me to get those spur of the moment tattoos, piercings, or to get involved in some shenanigans I had no business getting into. But over the years things have changed and this quote has taken on a whole new meaning. Life is full of ups and downs, twist and turns and highs and lows, but I only have one life on this earth and what I do with it matters most.
This year my “YOLO” moment was purchasing tickets for my friend and I to go to Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour for our birthdays, which were in February. The tickets were a little pricey for me, so I bought the cheapest tickets, which were seats that were wayyyyy at the top – you know the ones where if you look down everyone looks like ants?? LOL. I told my friend that I had purchased the tickets and that I hoped she didn’t mind that the seats weren’t good. But like me, she agreed that she would be just fine sitting in the same room as THE Oprah Winfrey! We both had the “YOLO” attitude. On the day of the event we didn’t care how awful our seats were, we were just glad to be in the building. We arrived early and made that journey all the way to the top to take our seats, which were actually worse than we had anticipated. However, as soon as we sat down, a young lady from guest services approached us and said that she wanted to upgrade our tickets and to follow her to our new seats. To our surprise, she led us down to seats on the floor – the seats I wanted, but couldn’t afford!! We had such an awesome time that day that it’s definitely a “YOLO” moment to put down in the books!
Here are a few things that this quote inspires me to do:
- Collect moments, not things – Material things just don’t hold as much value for me anymore; I’d rather collect a moment that will last a lifetime. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, so I try to make the best of things today. I try to spend as much time with family and friends as I can. I snap a lot of pictures and make videos, especially with my daughter. I’ve started holiday and birthday traditions with her, so that she’ll have memories that live on once I’m no longer here. I journal about special moments in my life and I encourage her to do the same. Journaling is something that helps me keep track of the many ways God has blessed me through answered prayers. “We do not remember days, we remember moments” ~ Cesare Pavese
- Make an impact – One reason that I blog is that I hope to inspire someone to not give up on life, to push through their current obstacles, to be encouraged through God’s word and to know that they matter to God and to me. We can not physically see or touch God, but he lives and moves through those around us. I desire to be available in all areas of my life to allow God to use me in whatever capacity that he chooses. I must make an impact each and everyday because I never know if today will be my last. “Your life matters. You can’t live through a day without making an impact on the world. And what’s most important is to think about the impact of your actions on the world around you.” ~ Jane Goodall
- Be Ready – Everyday is a chance for me to do better than I did, or to be better than I was yesterday. With each new day I can look back on the last and examine my thoughts, actions and motives and ask God to show me what I need to change. I just want to be ready! Everyday I have a chance to get right with God, to go to Him for forgiveness, to live out his word and to share it with those around me. But, I only live once; this earthly life will someday end and God will call me home. There will come a day when Jesus Christ shall return, and I just want to be ready when he does! For me, being ready is getting my relationship right with the Lord, walking out my faith through obedient living and being an available vessel that God can work through to teach, love and comfort his people. “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:44
You only live once!
Life can be hard at times. It can be chaotic. It can seem stagnant. It can seem overwhelming – especially at a time such as this. But one thing that I am grateful for is that God has already mapped it out for me. The enemy wishes for me to only see the chaos and to live within it, but I choose to look ahead through the lens of Faith! I know that God has a plan and it’s better than any plan that I could ever create for myself. I don’t want to live this life outside of His plan, so I live each day in pursuit of it. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Does this quote inspire you in any way? Does it make you want to live any differently? Are you seizing the opportunities that are presented to you to make the best out of life? With this quote in mind, what’s the one thing that you would do today, if given the chance? Feel free to comment and briefly share – I’d like to hear from you!