Look around and you will see how we all have friends who have bought clothes they are dying to wear but don't.
My mother has hoarded expensive candles for years but those have never been lit. Families in general, tend to invest in the finest cutlery and china only to keep them boxed away. We all have bought perfumes that we never wear daily, fancy pens we never write with and jewellery that instead of wearing, we store away in bank lockers.
Why? Because if you ask any of these people, they'll say how they are waiting for a special occasion.
What is a special occasion? What undefined event have they been waiting for? A visit from the president or Shah Rukh Khan? It's high time we stop saving our best for special occasions and instead treat every day like it's precious.
Image credit: Pexels.What if we regret it?
A couple of days ago, I discovered an archived column of one of America's greatest humourists and writer, Erma Bombeck. She wrote this at the time when she got to know has cancer and titled it, "If I Had To Live My Life Over". She wrote:
"I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I would have sat on the lawn with my kids, even if it meant grass stains."
Her words instantly hit home because we humans have been grappling with this sense of regret for not living our best lives every day for decades now.
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Maybe that's why terms like carpe diem--which translates to 'seize the day'--and YOLO (you only live once) were brought to life. In order to push people to live life to its fullest extent and make the best of what they have.
And that's why we are fighting for you to just live a little. Because you really only do live once.
Image credit: Pexels.So what should you do?
Bring out those fancy plates for a pizza night or a late-night snack binge. Spray your expensive perfume even for a trip to the grocery store because you deserve to smell great even amongst racks of food. Light those expensive candles to destress yourself. Wear that diamond bracelet right now because you haven't worked your ass off to keep it locked in the bank corner.
There's too much living to do so stop saving for the best, the best time for anything and everything is right now.