Expiration Date: Unknown!

Have you ever just been sitting around the house and all of a sudden had a taste for a bowl of cereal? Oh, I have. I can remember when I was kid going into the kitchen and opening up the cabinets to get a bowl. I would then go into the pantry and get the big box of Froot Loops. I’d fill my bowl to the top with cereal. I’d go to the refrigerator to get the milk and bring it to the table to pour it. But on this particular time, something else happened. I opened the milk and immediately when I was getting ready to pour it, a certain smell hit my nose. It was so strong and pungent that I almost dropped it. I then brought the container of milk to my nose and took one more sniff for good measure. The milk was old. I immediately looked for the date only to confirm what I already knew. The milk was past its expiration date. I had no choice but to pour it out. No worries, I still ate the cereal without it because I was hungry. We make a lot of our food decisions based on the date it will expire. If you’re anything like me, you’ll always choose a perishable product that has a longer expiration date. Why do we do this? Simple. We want to have enough time to use it all before it goes bad. Once it’s expires, that’s it. There is no longer anything you can do. This made me think……

How much different would life be if we didn’t have expiration dates on products? Would we make sure that we used the food we purchased quicker than just letting it just sit around? Would we use more recipes that utilized that particular food item instead of letting it go to waste? Not knowing when something is going to expire causes a sense of urgency. So now my question is, why don’t we live our lives as such? Why do we not have this same sense of urgency every day? We do not know when our last day on this earth will be. Why do we keep putting things off that we could do today? How much differently would you live your life if you knew that you only had exactly one year left? We go through life wasting time. I’m guilty of this myself. I originally started a blog back in 2016. I kept telling myself that I would start working on it again. It took me nearly 4 years to write another blog. There are people who started blogs back then just like I did and are now millionaires. I’m just imagining how different my life would be if I didn’t just keep putting this off. Those are years that I cannot get back.

We (yes, I am talking to myself as well) need to live our lives with this sense of urgency. We talk too much. We need to do less talking and start doing. I do not want to leave this earth wondering if I could have done more. Time is a limited, but valuable resource and we need to treat it as such. Everyday should be committed to becoming a better person and to pursuing our dreams. We should make sure that our loved ones know how we feel about them daily. Ask yourself, if you were to die today would you be happy with the legacy you leave behind? Would you be satisfied with the financial situation that you are leaving your loved ones in? If the answer is no, then you need to start the process of what needs to be done today so that you can leave the legacy that you actually want to leave.

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