I was thinking about something that happened a few years ago and it made me think of a cliché that I, from a moment back then, decided was one to bookmark.
Life's too short.
It's an overused cliché, I know, but a cliché, that I've learnt to live by.
A few years ago, something happened between a really unbelievably close friend (who is still an unbelievably close friend) and I. It's difficult to explain because it wasn't (I really want to emphasise this) an argument. I don't think either of us knew what happened and we certainly don't know now. We drifted apart when we aren't the type of friends to "drift". Soon, a few friends speculated about it and it meant tension arose, not only because our close friends were talking about it but because we knew we were too close to be friends that "drifted". In turn both of us got the wrong impression, assuming the other was angry when neither of us were.
While this was happening, I was witnessing a sad event that made me incorporate this cliché into my life.
I bit the bullet. Do you know why? Life's too short.
Beforehand I was speaking to my dad in the car about what was happening in our lives and I said how I wanted to talk to my friend and sort everything out. He turned to me and just said "life's too short to sit around with the fear of regretting not sorting something out" and I couldn't be more grateful for my rational father to say something like that.
I have never been so grateful for sending a message. I asked if we could meet up and we talked, like normal, and everything was okay again. I took the leap and realised everything wasn't as bad as I imagined.
Technically, life isn't "short"; it's the longest thing you will do. As it is long, things happen; life happens. Don't take risks you'll regret like falling out with a friend but don't take dangerous risks that will make life "shorter" than it should have been. I'm not saying you should start talking to people who are out of your life for a reason that means they should stay out of you life, but sometimes a leap towards harmony should be taken.
I know this is a bit of a sombre post and I'm not one for posts like this very often but I, for some reason, despite my fear of writing this and being a bit personal, wanted to document how I believe in this little cliché. I am posting every day until Christmas, by the way, and you can read about it HERE.
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The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. Sorry about the appallingly bad photo.