Not ‘If’, But ‘When’

Does that hourglass look familiar? Some of you know exactly where that exact hourglass is from, let me help the rest of you out. * Clears throat*…. “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” Now I know you exactly where that line is from! A lot of our parent’s and grandparent’s (in my case, even my great grandparents) downtime went to this soap opera, even I loved it so much as a child loved it so much that I named my big red teddy bear ‘Carey’ after my favourite character. But that’s not what this article is about.

This blog post is about the cliche’s of life being short, how we don’t know anything about our tomorrows, the fading of beauty and the likes. This past Wednesday our social media timelines were flooded with pictures of the FaceApp’s predictions of how people could look in their old age. Among others, the app also has features that make you look younger, add a smile to your face or morph your photo to a you of a different gender. This craze has just gone to prove our fascination with what could have been and what could be.

Here’s the thing, there are obviously things we have no control over; but we get to decide to actually smile. There are things in life that we do get to decide. It’s not a matter of if the future comes, it’s when. We get to decide what will be so we we don’t regret what could have been. Granted, we can’t foresee everything life might throw our way, but we can prepare for what we can prepare for, the rest of the future, which is definitely coming. Our future doesn’t come by chance nor does the life we want, we plan, prepare, pray and do. I’m not a big fan of house music, but that Fetch Your Life track by Prince Kaybee ft. Msaki! For me, it’s really about the lyrics, I mean just that song title… We need to get up and get what we want.

I’m not one of those people who just get up and fetch their lives, this is easier said than done for me, this is just me challenging myself, and you. We don’t always see the sands running through the top part of the hourglass to the bottom as time passes, but it’s happening. We usually only notice that’s been happening when we see that there is now a significant exchange of weight from the top to the bottom parts of the hourglass and there’s no stopping the flow… so are the days of our lives. It’s our responsibility to make sure that we’ve made the time count. The time before, to prepare for the impending future and all of time to live your life.

Peace & Love,

Tshepiso Molakeng

Quality Growth International

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