And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

Longevity is a much sought-after treasure for most of us. And there is nothing wrong with it. After all, a long life directly translates as a better quality of life. However, it is this very quality of life that we end up ignoring in our pursuit of a higher “quantity”.

We spend our lives toiling day and night, all in the hope of enjoying ourselves once we have taken care of all our responsibilities. Life, however, is not subject to human plans and predictions. Ironically, more often than not, we either do not live to see the day when we can finally slacken off, or if we do, our senses are no longer as obedient to us as they were back in our youth, which we spent slaving away in the hope of a better future. We understand that it would be impractical and even foolish to expect someone to disregard their duties and enjoy themselves all the time. That said, the least we can do is make the most of the time we do have at our disposal in the company of our loved ones and doing the things that really make us happy. Sometimes reigniting your sketching talent or enrolling for your favorite cooking class can make you happier than pulling off a million-dollar deal!

Remember, it is the things that you did not do that you might regret the most on your deathbed. And the best time to start doing that stuff is now. Even if you are really pressed for time, you could always create a ten-minute window for yourself and your near and dear ones. Yes, that is all it takes to start enriching your life and making it worth living! Like the erstwhile American President once stated: “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.”