A Wild and Precious Life

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

― Mary Oliver

Plans have been on hold for many of us for a long time. We’ve had no choice but to refocus our efforts on the here and now. Reading this quote, I realised something a little worrying. The flip side to this hunkering down is that I’ve not put much effort into planning for the future. 

But things are starting to improve. We can make plans again. Or at least think about what we might want to make plans for soon.

Why I chose this author quote

One thing I’ve learned this past year is that it’s OK to view life as a burden sometimes. There are days when just getting through is enough. As long as we are, over time, headed in the right direction. Another thing I’ve learned is that the direction that’s ‘right’ is a personal choice.

We only get one life, one try at this test. Which makes life scary and challenging sometimes. But also, as Mary so eloquently said, wild and precious. The responsibility of being the only person who can fulfil this potential is a lot to deal with. And a wonderful opportunity.

What this author quote means to me

For me, the thought of missing out on life is an incentive to make brave choices, and take risks for what I want. And to keep trying, even when it’s not working out so well.

I plan to be known as an author. I plan to see more of the world. I plan to write about the different cultures I experience, and the people I meet. I plan to be brave and do more of those once in a lifetime things that stay with you forever. 

I plan to spend more time in nature. Seeing the magnificent animals and landscapes that I share this fantastic world with. I plan to take care of the world in all the little ways I can. 

I plan to hug the people I love often, and let them know how much they mean to me. And whatever time is left over, I plan to spend reading great books.

That’s what I plan to do with my one wild and precious life. What do you plan to do with yours?

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