live fully, love well
Published Apr 02, 2023 by Timothy J. Baek

Throughout our lives, we worry too much about things that are often insignificant in the grand scheme of things. From small daily stressors like running late for a meeting or forgetting to send an email, to larger worries like financial security or finding true love, we are constantly bombarded with concerns that consume our thoughts and energy. However, as we near the end of our lives and reflect back on the moments that truly mattered, these worries often pale in comparison to the bigger questions we ask ourselves: "Did I live fully? Did I love well?"

These questions are not new, and they have been asked by philosophers and thinkers for centuries. They represent a desire to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, one that is not bogged down by the trivialities and worries that often consume us. Yet, in the midst of our busy lives, it can be difficult to focus on the bigger picture and prioritise what truly matters.

Part of the problem is that we often get caught up in the day-to-day and forget about the bigger picture. We worry about our careers, our finances, and our relationships, and we lose sight of the things that truly bring us joy and fulfilment. We forget that the things that might seem significant for us now will be minuscule at the end of our lives, and we limit ourselves by focusing on things that are not truly important.

Instead of getting bogged down by worries and concerns, we should focus on doing the things that bring us joy and fulfilment. Whether it's pursuing a passion, spending time with loved ones, or simply taking time to enjoy the small moments of life, we should prioritise the things that truly matter and not let our worries hold us back.

Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be difficult to break out of our daily routines and make time for the things that truly matter. But the reality is that we only have one life to live, and we owe it to ourselves to make the most of it. We should not let our worries and fears hold us back from living a life that is truly fulfilling.

As we reflect back on our lives, we want to be able to say that we lived fully and loved well. We want to know that we made the most of our time here on earth and did not let our worries and concerns hold us back. So, let us focus on the things that truly matter, let us prioritise joy and fulfilment, and let us live a life that we can be proud of.

In the end, the question we must ask ourselves is this: Will we look back on our lives with regret or with a sense of fulfilment? The answer is up to us. And so, we must ask ourselves now, are we living fully? Are we loving well?