No doubt you have heard as often as I have the quote attributed to various authors and with slightly different variations: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, 'Woo Hoo, what a ride!'"
Whether the quote includes chocolate and a martini, wine, a latte or "a cloud of smoke," you and I get the gist of it. And the quote presents quite an image, doesn't it?
The idea is there, no matter who said it and what precise language they used: Live life to the fullest. Don't be passive and let it slide by, saving yourself from experiencing life as it is—from the deepest sadness to the most explosive passion and joy.
Enter into life ready to grab on. Fasten your seat belt—because, yes, life is quite a ride! Find friends who can enjoy the journey with you. Create an environment in which your passions can be expressed, whether that's in writing, acting, helping others or designing homes or spaces inside homes. Feel your fears—and do anyway what it is you fear but what you really want to do. Avoid regret. Live in gratitude. Be the butterfly. Leave the cocoon behind!
What would it take for you to live like that? Please contact me if you are stuck and want to explore this idea more fully.