There are so many stories lately of people who have been sick or have passed on due to Covid. There are so many more of people living in fear. We may or may not get a chance to say a last goodbye to those we hold dear and while the thought is terrifying it is even more so to just EXIST in a world that is still so full of LIFE.
This poem is a reminder for us to truly LIVE because this life we have is but for a brief moment only. Be SAFE by all means, but also be joyful. Shake things up a little.
“You start dying slowly,
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
if you do not listen to the sounds of life,
if you do not appreciate yourself!
You start dying slowly when you kill your self-esteem, when you do not let others help you.
You start dying slowly if you become a slave to your habits,
walking everyday on the same paths,
if you do not change your routine,
if you do not wear different colours,
or you do not speak to those you don’t know!
You start dying slowly if you avoid feeling passion,
and its turbulent emotions,
those that make your eyes glisten and your heart beat fast!
You start dying slowly if you do not change your life,
when you are not satisfied with your job,
or with your love, or with your surroundings.
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
if you do not allow yourself,
at least once in your lifetime
to run away from sensible advice!” ~ Pablo Neruda