In the words of Myles Munroe, ‘The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.’ Picture this: There’s a person who doesn’t have a direction in their life, and is always engaged in a bitter strife. Someone who puts leisure above their well-being, and is always compromising on their dreams. Someone who is always complaining and blaming, and has no time for their health, but always a little for something entertaining. Someone who doesn’t recognize that a purposeful life is the only true wealth, and true happiness comes from a life devoted to commonwealth. Now ask yourself, could you ever love that person? Most people won’t. But what if that person was you? We don’t feel really proud of the person we see in the mirror, yet we don’t try to see our lives any clearer, as we keep doing things to maintain a reputation in front of our peers. We have so less confidence in our choices, that all it takes to change them is other people’s voices. We spend all day caged to our devices, we barely take a step outside our houses, while all of nature basks in open air and yet, we say we’re the ones who are free. We have time to get fake pictures clicked, to make sure our egos don’t get pricked, because life is all about status updates and that feeling you get when you count the likes, right? What we don’t have time for is any form of exercise, but we make sure we treat the fries and pies, that destroy our health, like our best friends. And let’s not forget the countless hours spent on writing the perfect Instagram bio, only to hand over the pen to someone else when it comes to writing the story of your life. Jim Carrey said, “Your need for acceptance will make you invisible in this world.” And yet, our Instagram profiles are more lively than us, and our profile pictures don’t even make a buzz about what’s going on inside our heads. And then we say we’re more connected than we’ve ever been before. We trade hours for money, spending our time at jobs that we want to run away from, we keep postponing joy, not knowing that once gone, it will never come. See life is meant to be lived and not to be abstained from, and work is meant to be enjoyed and not to be escaped from. You get to live your life only once, and so you must live it with a purpose, like the blessing it truly is, and not binge it away, like a show on Netflix, because remember there’s no surplus. We choose what’s safe, because we think taking risks can hurt us, but remember that our failures disappointments do a lot to serve us. Most people go about their lives, wishing to spend the rest of their days in peace, not recognising that you can truly rest only when YOU cease, to exist. Life is a battle, full of ups and downs, and you must fight, with all your might, if you want to keep things bright. At first it may be tough because life will disturb you, deter you and obstruct you, but don’t lose faith, it truly wants to preserve you. Don’t waste your time and talents for that is a big threat. Start today and free yourself from regret.