“…Because if you have found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward.”

 

These were the wise words of a 78 year old  professor of sociology at the Brandeis University, Morrie Schwartz, who was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This is one thing that has changed the lives of many and I am sure shall continue to do so. Personally, this has been my mantra for life, and it is this thing that has always forced me to take an extra effort to make everyday more beautiful and my life more meaningful.

In life, we go through millions of things, situations, problems and types of people. There will be good times and bad times. Nothing is constant. Times will come and go and so will people and situations. It is easy to enjoy the sweet times and live a happily ever after life. But this is not what life is about. Life is about challenges and changes. And, the most important thing during all these times is the attitude with which you face these challenges and embrace such changes. The way we deal with the tough situations and act during difficult times is majorly and more often than not dependent on the way we see them and perceive them. It is natural for everyone to lose confidence in themselves and their plans during a rough patch. All of us tend to submit ourselves to the negativity and become the pessimists that do not see anything good in the circumstances.

Aging has seen to be one of the most difficult challenges everyone faces these days. I have hardly ever come across any people who would take pride and happiness in saying that they are aging- and aging well. Youngsters want to go back to school; adults want to be kids again; There is hardly anyone who wants to go forward in life; hardly anyone who wants to grow older and learn more and more lessons; there is hardly anyone who wants to make mistakes and then be perfect and not just be born perfect! This ‘hardly’ group of people are difficult to find and this is because today no one is happy and content with what they have in life. They don’t possess the art of appreciating what they have. They know how to value a thing once it’s gone- be it a tangible possession or a phase of life. There is hardly anyone who’d look forward to new things, to change.

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What I want to convey by this little piece of motivation is: don’t be the person who does not give his 100% in the present and continually lives in the past. Be the person who makes use of every opportunity he has; the one who tries everything that he every wanted; the one who does not regret any phase of their life; the one who has lived EVERY day to an extent that they look forward to the next new day with optimism and excitement. Be someone who extracts the best and the worst from each day; the one that makes mistakes and learns from them. Be someone who spreads positivity about this beautiful concept and aspect of life, ‘aging.’ Be someone who is an idol to every little kid, growing adult and grown up oldie.