"She's living her best life!", that was the caption I read on Instagram underneath a picture that was posted of Angela Bassett. The post was solely about how amazing she looked for her age and her sense of fashion and style, but this got me thinking about something else. There was something that caught my attention about "living your best life". Not really about living your best life on the outside but within yourself. Who can really say with full conviction that they are ceasing every opportunity, making every minute count and living their lives to the fullest? Every moment is an opportunity to do something great. Time shouldn't simply pass us by, but it is our responsibility to make that time meaningful. Yet, we often tend to forget that this life we have on earth is the only shot we have to get it right. For example, if you spent your whole day being upset about something trivial, you can't decide to turn back time to get that moment back once you "feel better". Those minutes or even hours will be gone forever. Then why not skip the part of getting upset and proceed to the part of focusing on the things that are improving you as a person? "Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]." PHILIPPIANS 4:8 AMP
So, what does living your best life look like? Accumulating as much wealth as possible? Attaining success, status, and power? Chasing from one adventure to another and not leaving out any "experience"? Well, for some this could be just that but I believe that living your life to the fullest can never be found in things because those things can be taken away at any time. And the same applies to people. For some people, their life completely centers around their family, spouse or friends but just as your life clock is ticking, so is theirs. Which means nobody knows when their time here on earth is over, so leaning on them can only bring comfort or joy temporarily. Of course, that does not mean that you shouldn't love and care for them. You absolutely should! However, make sure that you don't get lost in doing only that, forgetting that you have a higher purpose and calling. The people put in your care are your responsibility, as is taking care of and being the best version of yourself.
I am convinced that living your life to the fullest means adding something positive to yourself at every given moment. Ensuring that you're continuously growing and improving as a person. Filling your mind with the right thoughts and letting your words reflect the goodness that is in you. We have the opportunity to bless our environment every single day, still we often allow ourselves to be distracted by the irrelevant things of this world. Why don't we focus less on doing and more on being? - being the best versions of ourselves. Remember that when you conduct yourself the way you ought to, those blessings you give out, shall surely return to you and all the things you were running after before, will come to you without any struggle. "Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well." Matthew 6:33 NCV
Live your best life because now is literally the only chance you have to do just that. Every moment is an opportunity to do something productive and uplifting - don't let time pass you by and have you look back in regret one day. At this very moment, you have the ability to make your life the best story ever written!