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Live For The Day

Updated on February 22, 2011

Live Your Life

We, all of us, should live for the day. Not for the yesterdays or the tomorrows but for the todays. Our life is for living. If we leave till tomorrow it may well be too late. True enough we will make mistakes along the way but we will learn by making them.

Life really is too short to miss out on adventures, lovers, new foods, fantastic places, wines, chocolates, smiles and laughter.

We need to take risks, chances and sometimes just throw caution to the wind. Walk out alone, see the world, let life happen around you. Always smile.

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If I were able to live my life anew,
In the next I would try to commit more errors.
I would not try to be so perfect, I would relax more.
I would be more foolish than I've been,
In fact, I would take few things seriously.
I would be less hygienic.
I would run more risks,
take more vacations,
contemplate more sunsets,
climb more mountains, swim more rivers.
I would go to more places where I've never been,
I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans,
I would have more real problems and less imaginary ones.

I was one of those people that lived sensibly
and prolifically each minute of his life;
Of course I had moments of happiness.
If I could go back I would try
to have only good moments.

Because if you didn't know, of that is life made:
only of moments; Don't lose the now.

I was one of those that never
went anywhere without a thermometer,
a hot-water bottle,
an umbrella, and a parachute;
If I could live again, I would travel lighter.

If I could live again,
I would begin to walk barefoot from the beginning of spring
and I would continue barefoot until autumn ends.
I would take more cart rides,
contemplate more dawns,
and play with more children,
If I had another life ahead of me.

But already you see, I am 85,
and I know that I am dying.

Jorge Luis Borges
(24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986)

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Go on. Take that chance. Do today what you planned to do tomorrow. You know you want to. Tomorrow may be too late.


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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you Hello,hello and Chasuk. It is the way to go. Live for today. Remember happy yesterdays.

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    Chasuk 7 years ago

    Borges and Santayana. The two men who steer my philosophy of life as I grow older.

    Thank you for this hub.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    It should definitely be the guideline. People do far too much running after properity

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Peace - justom.

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    justom 7 years ago from 41042

    I've been the least serious person of anyone I've known. It's gotten me nothing much material to speak of but has allowed me to have a life filled with peace and love and for that I smile every day that I wake!! Nice hub. Peace!!

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    lxxy - and thank you for reading. Sadly so many of us have to work today so we can enjoy tomorrow but as long as we don't take things too seriously we can enjoy ourselves along the way.

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    lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

    Great! You make a point that so many of us here do...but we all need to be reminded sometimes, life is about just that--living! Thanks for putting together this wonderfully inspirational piece!