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Take the time to enjoy life to the fullest

I have always been afraid of time. To me, there’s never been enough of it.

Sooner or later time will come back and bite you in the behind and you’ll realize that an entire year has gone by, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

You can’t go back and change time, but as a wise woman told me recently, we only get one lifetime so we might as well make the most of it.

That is the best advice I have ever heard. Why not make the most of your life? There is so much out there to explore and so much to experience. Granted, you won’t be able to see all that there is to see, but why not try?

Travel while you can. Go explore the world. Go eat grasshoppers and live crabs. Go ride a bike around Europe or get lost in South America. Climb a mountain and see the world from a different point of view. Find that little village in some remote country with the best guacamole that you’ve ever tasted.

What is there to lose?

Yes, it’s expensive and you might get some funny sicknesses, but you’ll have great stories to tell and you will gain invaluable experience. I know I enjoy hearing my dad’s stories about his trips through Europe, and I plan to pass my stories down to my children in the future as well.

From what I’ve learned so far, life is about taking chances and making mistakes. If you make a mistake, you can always learn from it. If you don’t take chances, things will pass you by and you’ll be left wondering what happened with your life.

Maybe one day you’ll regret not visiting all 50 states or taking that trip to China. You’ll wonder what would have become of getting to know that person who was outside your group of friends.

Oftentimes, not knowing what will happen is what makes life fun. Not knowing is what makes life an adventure. Heck, life itself is an adventure that each and every one of us gets to experience in our own way and the unpredictability of it all makes it that much better. 

The uncertainty of where you’ll be in 10 years is both exciting and scary. Thinking about it, in 15 years I’ll most likely be married. Flashback to 10 years in the past and I was eating worms and throwing rocks at my brother. (Well I might still be throwing things at him, but that’s beside the point.) It’s crazy how times flies.

The future can be scary to think about, but living in the moment is something we all need to do more of. Enjoying something as simple as a bowl of soup can be the excitement of your day, but at least you were able to eat that soup and savor the experience regardless of how mundane it might appear.

Although Tom Jones seems to think differently in his song “Without Love,” living for today isn’t really the wisdom of a fool. You’re actually a fool if you don’t live for today. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone so you might as well enjoy each day as if it were your last.

Go ahead, shamelessly eat those seven cookies or that extra bowl of ice cream. Enjoy them. I certainly won’t be stopping you.

Berit Ramstad Skoyles is a junior at Detroit Lakes High School.