This morning, as I was walking to work, I heard a song with the lyrics ‘Are you living the life you imagined?’ in it. I don’t even know what the song is called or who it is by, but it made me think. I am a person who can barely imagine life within a two year timeframe, let alone a lifetime, but I have to wonder, how many of us are living the lives that we truly imagined?
For some, life is something to experience to the fullest. For others, life is nothing more than a blip in time. And to others, life is something they are constantly trying to escape. I don’t know what group most people fall into, but I would not be surprised if most fall into the last two groups. If this is true, at what point do individuals stop trying to live life and just move into the daily grind? At what point do individuals stop imagining a life worth living? When do they just give up on their dreams?
There are obviously many aspects that make up ‘a life’: career and work, friend and family relationships, romantic relationships, children, where you live, the lifestyle you lead, and the list goes on. It is no wonder that so many of us get so caught up in the day to day grind that we miss the bigger picture. We lose sight of what is most important in creating a life that we love…a life that we value…a life that brings us joy…in short, a life that is happy. If any one of these aspects falls short of what we imagined, it is difficult to not let the rest of our life be impacted.
The irony of it all is that there is so much research and development around ways to live younger and longer…but is this enough? If we don’t live the lives that we imagine for ourselves, what is the point? If we aren’t happy, why do we want to live longer? If we are only happy through superficial means and societal approvals, how will we truly find ‘happiness’? I have to believe that one of the keys to happiness is to value the simple things in life. Ever notice how so many people who seem ‘to have it all’ are genuinely unhappy? In today’s society, it is more difficult to simplify, but if we are mindful of it, maybe we can create the change that allows us to live the lives we imagine.
Are you living the life you imagined?