The Bonus Years
A key reason I created this site was that, at many birthdays, people groan or hide their age because they are unhappy with it.
That makes no sense!
We should embrace where we are in life. Be grateful what we have achieved. Be grateful of all that is laid out before us. Of all the opportunities.
Think of what James Dean might have thought as his raced his Porsche 550 Spyder along US Route 466. He was ticketed for speeding because he was having so much fun. He adored racing. He was breaking in his car, testing out its abilities, and was heading to another race. He was in high spirits.
Then a 1950 Ford Tudor turned in front of him. A square, boxy, slow car. And James couldn’t stop in time. He desperately tried – but he plowed into it. His neck was broken. His life was over.
He was only 24 years old.
Think of those final seconds of James’s life. How he desperately wanted to live. How he had so many more things to do in life. How there were so many opportunities and adventures and things to learn and explore. He didn’t want them to end.
If you are over 24 years old, you are living those bonus years that James grasped for. You have the opportunity that he lost.
Take advantage of it. Take a hold of every new day.
Some people might find this to be a morbid way of looking at life. And here at WinePhilosophy I also celebrate the people who began new projects at a certain age. I celebrate the ones who began to live. But I think it’s also important to remember all those who were cut short. Who never made it this far. Who, while Matthew or Joan or Kim are grousing about “having to be” 49 while they cut the cake, would have desperately wished with all their being that they could be celebrating that same milestone.
Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.
My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.
Best of all, it’s free!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!