I believe that old age is not guaranteed.
Gray hair, retirement, and 4 o'clock dinners are a privilege, not a birthright.
I don't believe I have 80 years to make my dreams come true. I may only have 80 more days. I may have less.
See, I believe I will die.
I don't welcome it, but I realize the rules of the game. I accept the fact that I'll run out of time before I run out of life to live. I live each day believing today is a blessing, and tomorrow's a gift.
Believing in death doesn't shorten my life. It extends it because it helps me cherish
yesterday and the day before.
Fitting my core belief into so few words is intense
I hope moving forward my ideas make sense
And that they grip you like tires that provide traction
and move you and prompt you to take some action.
This speech is like life, you don't have enough time
to strengthen my message, I've decided to rhyme.
Each word pulls more meaning, when nested in verse.
Here's my main point in this speech, there's nothing worse
then falling so deep in your routine that you're numb.
Taking blessings for granted is foolish and dumb.
They may be sunsets, or sunrises, your family or friends,
when they've moved on you've missed them and can't make amends.
So click off the tv, and move past the drama
call and connect with your dad or your mama.
We're surrounded by miracles both large and small
a life filled with meaning appreciates them all.
Go climb a mountain, or maybe just walk in the park.
Or drink tequila with your best friends til morning light replaces the dark.
See there aren't guarantees, you don't get a next chance.
Is your life a toe tapper, or are you living a dance?
What's your life's soundtrack? is it jazz or hip hop?
Are you living to muzak, or do you make your life rock?
You're the one who knows best, you're the player on stage
Have you made peace with the bad times, or are you carrying your rage?
We all have regrets and wish there were things we could undo
But forgive yourself and realize they're what made you, YOU.
Today please breathe in the best smells, and take care of yourself
your best chance for long life is to practice good health.
Tomorrow's coming up soon, yesterday's already gone.
and we can all try and stop it, but times keep moving on.
It's time to get out the want ads, or pull out the map
finally book that vacation or tell the boss "no more crap."
Carpe diem's the motto I implore you to seize
for your days here are precious. This, I believe.
jeudi, mars 29, 2007
this i believe: old age is not guaranteed
My friend Karl wrote this as his submission to NPR's "This I Believe." I heard him read it today at Toastmasters and was blown away. I hope it is accepted.