Tell me what it is
you plan to do with
your one wild and precious life?
Life often feels busy with an unending to-do list, lots of obligations and not enough time for sleep, enjoyment or a good book. It is so easy to lose sight of the preciousness of human life! The odds of being born are infinitesimal, yet it's easy to take life for granted and not appreciate it, especially if you feel depressed or anxious or life isn't going the way you had hoped.
Yet despite all of the hassles and problems in life, it is an amazing experience to be alive. All of the choices and options ( and the things that may not feel like options or choices) can feel overwhelming, yet they offer an opportunity to dig deep and make something of this time on Earth.
Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that has stayed with me: it said "this is not a dress rehearsal." There really isn't time to put off the things and people that truly matter, the passions of the heart and soul. Poet Mary Oliver's question "What do you plan to do with your wild and precious life?" is worth pondering and exploring. I encourage you to spend some time thinking and dreaming about this, journaling about it, and talking about it with friends!
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley