There are people living out their existence. It’s like dead man walking: not really living, waiting for the day when they too, shall lay down in eternal sleep. Life is about living and as cheesy and cliché as it sounds, it’s about grabbing on with both hands and never letting go.
You roll with the punches, pushing through life’s speed bumps – some of which we never see coming. When I was born, no one would have thought that sixteen years later I would be deaf, but I am. I don’t think of it as a “disability”. It has taught me things, not only about myself but of others, and has allowed me to view life in ways others are lucky to even get a glimpse of. There are so many things we take for granted every day, I just don’t even know where to start. Other kiddos my age have jobs, working to pay for their college they’ll soon be going to. Not me. I can’t take your order and go “y’all want fries with that?” over the speaker. I have the worst paying job in the world but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a teacher, a teacher of life and living.
No, I may not travel the world or have my own TV show, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still teach or live out my dreams. I could never picture myself being way too caught up in the hustle and bustle of life to even stop to admire the sweet sound of rain or cherish a flower popping up through the cracks. Maybe I will never be a millionaire but truth be told, I don’t care. I don’t care what car you drive, the clothes you wear (Keep it classy though), or the money you’ve got. Heck, I don’t even care what you may look like on the outside. What I do care about is who you really are inside. The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” applies to just about everything in life, including people.
Theodore Roosevelt once said that he had lived enough life for seven people. He lived, loved, and went by his own rules, not caring what others thought of him. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like an awesome way to spend your life. Screw the world’s trends and stereotypes. Just like I refuse to only belong to ONLY the hearing or the deaf (I prefer both so that’s where I’m staying), life can be totally lived however you wish. Who cares what others think? If they judge your life, they are wasting their own time that could’ve been spent achieving their goals and dreams. Maybe this whole thing is just cheesy, boring, “no-one-will-ever-read-this” crap, but sometimes life is like that. Sometimes, no one reads what you have to say until you’re either dead or it just doesn’t exist anymore. My philosophy is if your heart has something to say that doesn’t totally trash someone else, out with it!
For goodness’ sakes guys, make a bucket list. Hug somebody. Try something new. Take this life with both hands and hang on with all you’ve got. You’re never getting a second chance so live with all you have, and then one day you can look back and enjoy it a second time. I don’t think I could bear to look down memory lane decades from now and see that I didn’t take advantage of my precious time on earth. There is too much to be said, too much to be seen, heard, felt, found, etc. to even think about just living each day the same as the one before it. You either live your life to the fullest or you just exist, the choice is yours. I’ve made mine. I want to live my life so full, that people will not be weeping because I’m gone, but because of the memories. Being deaf isn’t the end of the world. I want to live so that not even a book or a movie can fully capture my life.
They always say take the road less traveled, to live against the grain. So many people have carved their own way and in the process, have left their own unique mark on the world. My greatest hope is that one day, I can leave this world a better place than it was when I entered it. What are you waiting for? Life isn’t going to wait for you. Take it and just run with it, give it everything you have. I promise you won’t regret it.