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A short story of my perception of life.

Updated on October 4, 2014

What is Life?

Is it getting up everyday to go to work?

The typical routine of waking up at 6:00 am.

The drive battling traffic to get there?

Just to arrive to a ton of paperwork.

Is Life running errands to and from the supermarket?

Maybe going to the bank.

Is life going home to watch television?

Maybe its about ordering pizza or subs.

Is Life going to doctor appointments?

Going home and having to cook dinner.

Maybe Life is cleaning and laundry.

Is Life just a boring routine?

Shouldn't Life be being happy?

Laughing and smiling.

Doing fun things with family and friends.

Is this what life should be?

So why are so many of us miserable?

Why do we go through life with no meaning?

It is time to enjoy life?

Before there is no life left to enjoy.

Author's Note

I wrote this as I tried to define the meaning of life. It reminded me of that movie "Ground Hog Day". It seems that everyday melts into another. It is as though we are all robots going through the motion of what society expects us to do. Why is that? The days are getting shorter now. Fall is here and I wake up and its still dark out. By the time I get home and finish dinner, it is dark again. It is as though everyday is a repeat of the previous day. Do you get where I'm coming from? Do you feel this way too? Life is just to precious to be a boring routine. Don't you think?

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you misterhollywood for reading this hub. Everyone has a different view on life. I see things in a positive way and prefer to be optimistic, not pessimistic. Life is a rat race, but we all conquer the difficult times and celebrate the happy ones.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes the Holidays can be stressful and a rat race, but take a breath and just enjoy.

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Such a great hub and so very true about the rat race! I am sharing this one!

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you crissalina. Yes time just flies by. My mother always said the older you get the faster life goes by. So true. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      crissalina 2 years ago

      ah, i miss childhood so much...

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      So true Audrey. Life becomes a race or as I like to think of it; a mouse in a maze. Thank you for reading.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes Nell, that is why we fall into a routine. We need to make time for happiness. Thank you for reading.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Frank. Yes live life to the fullest. You only have one life to live. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is true Alicia. Enjoy your life of and make the most of it. Thank you for reading.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you billybuc, I feel the same way. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I do think you nailed this Lisa--the rat race is called that for a reason I think--just spot on!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      This is totally true, so many of us walk around in a daze, one day after the other, we should all find something happy and special to do each day, wonderful words and so true!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      for me life is what you make it.. how you share it.. and who you share it with.. but I think Frank Sinatra coined it best... Live until you die... bless you lisa

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem is a great reminder that we should try to make the most of life in the present. It's so easy to fall into a repetitive routine.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your attitude, Lisa. I love my life right now and I sure don't want it to ever become mundane or boring...and that is up to me to prevent. Beautiful thoughts here.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you vellur. We can't as society keep going through the motions and treat life as a boring routine. We need to start enjoying it. Thank you for reading.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Life is way too precious to be a boring routine, so well expressed in your poem, great write.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Sparklea. I love the way you have embraced life and make time to do what makes you happy. We can all learn a lesson of enjoying life from your inspirational comment. Thank you for reading.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      lisavanvorst: Spot on! I think everyone of us goes through exactly what you share above, including me. life IS too precious to be a boring routine. I have found it is so important to fit in doing what you LOVE to do, in spite of the daily routines. Your purpose in life is just that. It is so easy to put off what we long to do...or be...but the clock is ticking...We get one life, that's it. Period. I love to read, write, walk, movies and hanging out at Barnes & Noble café. Now that I am not working I still get caught in the daily routines of cooking, house work, laundry, appointments and other unexpected things that come up. BUT when I was working I would arise at 4:30 a.m. to fit in my walking and writing BEFORE going to work.

      It can be done. I read years ago, "do what you love FIRST and do it First." Procrastination piles up day by day. I suggest you make a list of everything you love to do and want to do in spite of your routines...then work on just one thing. Believe me, I STILL have projects I have not started. BUT I have accomplished many goals, and I have to focus on what has been done, rather than what has not been done. I hope this helps. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. Blessings, Sparklea

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you DDE. You are right we need to bring more joy into our life. Nothing in life should ever be taken for granted.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you always exploring, your right we wait for something new to happen. However we just keep going on with the same routine.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is less complicated and more joyful. Somehow we don't apply new moments. The moments should not be taken for granted. Great words from you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Funny how we all seem to do this, always hoping for some unexpected event that will take us away for awhile, only if it's in our dreams. I could relate to your preception of life...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You got it spot on Lisa, I feel the same way. We waste too much of it..same old, same old.