Growing up means learning what life is. When we were young, we have a set of
ideals, standards, criteria, plans, outlooks, and we think that we could just
sit around and wait for them to happen to us. But life is not like that for
anybody; we can't fall in love with a standard, we have to fall in love with a
|Growing old is
up is optional.
We can't live in a criteria, we have to live our lives. We cannot wait for our
plans to materialize, because they may never materialize the way we think they
will. We can't wait to watch our ideals and standards walk up to us, because we
do not know what's ours until we have it.
would take the first chance in case I never get a second one, but growing up takes
even one step further. Growing up means, we have to hold on to what we
have, when we have it, because what we have, is ours; but all the
ideals and criteria we have set in our heads are not ours because those
have not happened to us.
Someone has said that life is like a journey on a train... with its stations...
with changes of routes... and with accidents! At birth we board the train and
meet our parents and we believe they will always travel by our side. However, at
some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this
time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children and even the love of our life. Many will
step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we
don't realize that they vacated their seats!
We do not remember days, we remember moments. The
richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.-Cesare Pavese
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos,
goodbyes and farewells.
consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers...requiring that
we give the best of ourselves. The
mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step
So, we must live in the best way possible: love, forgive, and offer the best of
who we are.
important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave
our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will
continue to travel on the train of life.
|What matters at
the end is how long we be remembered by whom and for what.
Let us live life to the fullest while we can and collect
memories like fools collect money. Because in the end, that's all we have: happy
memories. It is our road and ours along. Others may walk it with us but no one
can walk it for us.
We have a choice to live our best every day, no matter what the circumstances.
Good luck and
wish you a joyful journey on your train of life. Reap success and give lots of
importantly, thank God for the journey! Lastly, I thank you for being one of the
passengers on my train!
At the end of life, what really matters is not
what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we
shared; not our competence but our character; and not our
success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a
life of love.