Later today, I’ll be flying to Guatemala for my fourth medical missionary trip in the past three years. It’s a five day trip, where I will be serving as a volunteer to a team of well-respected doctors and nurses, treating people in a poverty stricken area, where most of the citizens have have never received medical attention in their lives. We will work to treat as many people as possible throughout our stay, seeing as we turn a popular church into a makeshift clinic, which is open to the public. While in Guatemala, we will be staying at an orphanage, called Missioneros Del Camino which serves as a home to children who have either been abused, neglected, or who have any sort of neurological disorder. There is a neurological clinic on site, and it just so happens to be the best one in the country. Parents from America even bring their children there for treatment and therapies! So not only will we be treating those in need, but we will be making ever-lasting memories (or in my case, expanding on ever-lasting memories) with amazing children who really put things into perspective with regards to how important life is. I’ll try to post while I’m there, but trust me I’ll be taking plenty of notes to blog about when I get back. In the meantime, I’d like to end off with a favorite quote of mine which I used a while back, but I think now is a suitable time for it to resurface.
Serving the world with love and cooperation, you will find your own true Self. As you help those in need, selfishness will fall away, and without even noticing you will find your own fulfillment.
-Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)
I recently came across the book “Live Like a Fruit Fly: The Secret You Already Know” by Gabe Berman. In his book, he explains that the average life expectancy for fruit flies is only a few weeks. In their few week lifespan, I doubt that these fruit flies spend their time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future; well, maybe where they can find their next meal of decaying fruits and vegetables- but I think you get my point.
Berman goes on to discuss that with each passing second starting from the day we are born, we are that much closer to reaching our death, an inevitable aspect of life. For this reason, it is important to live our lives to the fullest because our time here is not guaranteed. What’s the point in wasting this precious gift of time that we have been given when we can instead be doing something great with ourselves? If there is something that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t gotten around to doing it, give it a shot sometime soon. The more your put it off, the further down it will go on your list of priorities. Think about it this way. If you pursue whatever it is that you wish to take part in, you can find something new that you would like to do. Hmm, sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
Look, at the end of the day the point is this. You can let life slip through the cracks and spend it in a way that brings no joy to your life or to the lives of others. Or you can live a life filled with spontaneity, excitement, love, peace, and most important, fun. When it’s all said and done, there are is no rewinding of time or a redo button that you can push at the end of your life. There is only now. And now is the time to do it all. So I’m going to leave you with this one task: Do something you have always wanted to pursue. Whether it be skydiving, mountain climbing, waking up in time for the sunrise, coming home from work early to eat dinner with your family, or even asking that special someone on a date, live your life like a fruit fly and just go for it.