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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelly

Don’t WASTE Your One Short Life

When I was twelve years old, I used to sing in the school choir, and often we would sing at funerals. Whether or not I knew the person who had died, funerals have always had a deep impact on my life. Every time I go to a funeral, or hear that someone I know has died, I always become more determined not to waste my life, not to take life for granted.

Every now and then I like to take a walk in a cemetery. Each tombstone tells a story. Some of the people were laid to rest last year, others a hundred years ago. Some of them lived for ninety-five years, others for twenty-five years. But I can hear all of them calling out to me in unison, sharing with me a message: “Life is short. Do not waste your life. Live life passionately.”

Somewhere deep within you there is a desire to dedicate yourself to becoming the-best-version-of-yourself. I hope you feel that desire stirring within you. Foster that desire. Nurture that desire. Adopt habits that help you rekindle that desire. Let that desire lead you.

Life is short and we are dead an awful long time. Don’t waste your one short life.

Matthew Kelly

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