What are we really all so afraid of?

I don’t know anymore.

And I am not talking about monsters, wild animals, or even grief.

I am talking about the voice in our head that keeps us inside a concrete box every day.

Without adventures. Without risks. Without even our real selves.

Without new experiences.

We keep hypnotically repeating what we did the day before.

And this includes me as well. I fall into the trap as well. No matter how much I resist it.

I have the same days over and over again.

Yesterday I looked at my life and said to myself…

“Sure you did great things, and you are doing great things, but you have stopped taking risks.

It is time to remember what death taught you and put it to use again.”

You see death has taught me that it doesn’t matter how good of person you are it will come and take you.

It doesn’t matter that you have dreams and wishes.

And it doesn’t matter that you don’t want to die.

It taught me that tomorrow is not real, and yesterday is no longer here.

It made me realize that living inside my comfort zone means that I don’t appreciate life as much as I should.

It taught me to respect my sunrises and my sunsets.

To dance when music is playing.

To laugh at least two times a day and to say I love you even when I am mad at someone. Because at the end of this, it won’t matter.

And as I am writing to you I want to say… what is wrong with us all?

Haven’t we learned this truth the hard way?

Especially you and I.

We have been through so much and seen so much, enough to know life is priceless.

Enough to know it doesn’t come back for anyone.

And enough to know that it can all end right here right now.

So, are we doing what we want to be doing right here and right now?

Ask yourself this question today.

Ask if you are still that crazy kid you used to be when you were growing up.

Ask yourself what do you need to do to bring your adventurous self back from wherever it has been.

Do you need someone to shake you?

Someone to remind you that life is sitting outside your door waiting for you to come out?

Do you need to read a book? Go for a walk? Read this letter?

Whatever it is you need, do it. Do it today. Now.

No more silencing the kid inside of you because grief has been living in your house. Enough. (Click to Tweet!)

With life,


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Christina Rasmussen is an author, speaker and social entrepreneur who believes that grief is an evolutionary experience required for launching a life of adventure and creative accomplishment.

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