A few years ago if you asked me to define the word perspective, I would probably do just that. I’d give you my version of the dictionary definition. But, today, if I define that word, there’s so much feeling behind it.
There’s now a story within the word. There’s a person within the story. There’s a an actual meaning in the definition. Are all words like that? Do they mean nothing until an experience defines it? Probably. So, the writers of Webster – they just gave us an outline for what words mean. We, ourselves, have to actually define it. Much like life.
The perspective I have on life was changed about a year and a half ago. Maybe a little before that. When he first got sick I think my perspective started being shaped into my own definition.
My perspective. What is it? It’s that life is short, you have to live every day to the fullest. You have to embrace everything. Every great thing, every struggle, just absolutely everything. Life is too short to live with unanswered questions, so ask them. Life is too short to not make a statement, so make a scene. Life is too short to not take a chance, so take it – even if it makes you look like a fool. Life is too short. Point blank.
Cliche? I used to think so too. But once you see the life of someone slip away in such a small time frame, you realize the truth in it.
Everyone looks at their watch, or their phone, or something to see the time. But we don’t really have a grasp on it.
Life is too short. We have to understand that our time is not in a minute, in an hour, it’s right this second. Every breath you take is another blessing.
Life is short. Unfortunately we don’t understand that concept without an experience that proves it true. But with that experience, as destructive as it may be, you can change your whole perspective.
With a changed perspective, you can change your life. If you can change your life, you could influence change. With that influence, we can make a difference. We can leave a mark on this crazy world. Because even though our time here is short, what we leave behind does not have to be.
So what legacy are you going to leave behind? It’s all based on your perspective. As a new year approaches, make sure your perspective is one worth keeping.