Last night as I got in my car and turned it on, a familiar song was on the radio. It was Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying.” I thought, “How appropriate, for New Year’s Eve.” Some of my favorite lyrics exist in this very song. I started thinking about my life, and what I did and did not accomplish in 2011. The “did not” list was a lot longer than the “did.” Regrets flew through my head at an amazing speed.
What’s in a year? 365 days. Or in this year’s case, 366. But who really counts leap year? 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8.760 hours. 525,600 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds. Looking at the big picture of life, that isn’t very long. What can you do in a year? You can do a little, or a lot, depending on your level of motivation.
You have a lot of things on your “to-do” list, a lot of things on your “bucket” list. What are the things you want to do and/or accomplish in your lifetime? Imagine you were told you were going to die in 356 days. You have 356 days to do whatever you want and accomplish all you can. Would you waste a single day? I sure wouldn’t. I’d be running around like a chicken with my head cut off, doing what I needed and wanted to get done.
According to some, the world is going to end in 356 days. I don’t believe this, because I believe the words of Matthew 24:36:
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
But for some, this is a very serious concept. They have probably made lists of things to do before the end of the world.
I live on to-do lists. Though I always thought bucket lists were silly and I don’t believe the world is ending in December, I have made a physical bucket list. Unless I have a physical list (or digital, in this age,) I don’t even know what I want to accomplish before I die. This list is going to change over time. I will cross things off, add things, and I have no doubt that my bucket list will be a very long one the day I die.
It’s 2012. I don’t make resolutions. To me, a new year is nothing but a lot of scribbling on the date on our checks. But after having all of my 2011 “did” and “did not” regrets go through my head, I have finally made a resolution of my own. This year, I will not waste a second of my day. I will be bettering myself each day. I will accomplish the things on my list that say 2012. Some even say, “January 2012.” This won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. At the end of the year, I hope to not regret anything I have done, or left undone.
I urge you to do the same. There are things you should have done in 2011. There are things you shouldn’t have done in 2011. As much as I am not for “It’s a new year, new me” … This is something I need, and you do too. Looking back regretfully will do nothing but hold you back from moving forward. Turn your head around. Look ahead. You have things to accomplish. Let’s face it, someday your life will end. Why wait?
“We gotta start lookin’ at the hands of the time we’ve been given, if this is all we got, then we gotta start thinkin’, if every second counts on the clock that’s tickin’, gotta live like we’re dyin’… we only got 86-400 seconds in a day to turn it all around or to throw it all away…”
This year, I am taking this seriously. There is no excuse. Not a second wasted.
A good list of songs for a new start and encouragement:
- Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying
- 10th Avenue North – You Are More
- Hyland – Jumping the Gun
- Delta Goodrem – God Laughs
- Five For Fighting – 100 Years
- Toby Mac – Get Back Up
- Mandisa – Stronger
If you have any suggestions for this list, please let me know. I’d like to add them.