This is your life.
It’s a simple concept, but I know you have have forgotten it at some point in your years of living.
You forget that it’s your life when you work hard on someone else’s dream. You forget that it’s your life when you go to school because society tells you. You forget that it’s your life when you spend your time stuck in relationships with a lack of freedom. You forget that it’s your life when you work sixty hour weeks, at some company, doing a job that you don't like. You may not admit this to yourself, but in the back of your mind, you know that isn’t your life.
You will not be alive for long.
Whether you live twenty years or one hundred years, you are alive on this earth for a fraction of a second. I mean, think of how old the earth is compared to you. You are literally a dot of the timeline of earth’s history. That is nothing.
So stop wasting your precious time doing something other than what you want.
This is all the time you will have.
You can work hard, stable jobs that leave you feeling unsatisfied and unhappy because you lack time in the day to do the things you really want, or you can take a chance at being unstable to fall in love with your passions. Do not waste your time doing things you don’t love because you think having a stable paycheck will make you happy. It won’t.
There is no better time than now.
You can dream all you want, but if you keep dreaming, nothing will become a reality. You will not be alive for long, so there is no greater time than this exact moment to start inching your way closer to your life goals. If you think you can’t, you are wrong. There is always something you can be doing to make your dreams true. Even if you don’t know what you want in life, there is always something you can do that will make you happy. Start discovering what makes you happy now before it is too late.
This is your life, and don’t ever waste it living out someone else’s.
Do not work too hard for someone else. Do not exhaust too much love on someone who doesn’t love you. Do not tire yourself by holding grudges. And do not ever spending too much time dreaming without doing.
This is it.
This is your life.
If you want to be alive, then you need to start living.
This is the only life you will have, so make it a great one.
This piece has been published on Thought Catalog. You can view the published version here.