Life is not a Dress Rehearsal

Earlier this week I was privileged to be invited to a board meeting for the Muscle Help Foundation charity. Arranged by Fay Sharpe, who founded the mentoring scheme I am a part of. It was an incredible experience to not only sit in on my first board meeting, but to also meet and speak to the founders of this amazing charity.

Muscle Help Foundation is committed to creating dream experiences for children and young people suffering from the muscle wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions. Founders Michael and Sue McGrath focus their efforts on encouraging these young people to feel part of a community, a family. They facilitate days out and meetings between beneficiaries and their heroes where possible.

Apart from discovering that board meetings aren’t as scary and intimidating as I thought they were, Tuesday also gave me a much needed push to get things done. As you know if you’ve read my other posts I struggle with committing. I started this blog and have yet to commit to posting regularly, I started meditation and although I still do it, I have not committed to making it a part of my everyday life. So I am not going to sit here and say that the meeting on Tuesday has changed my life and I will now execute all of my plans and ideas that I jot down in my notebook. But it has given me a new rebuttal for the days when I’m feeling lazy and demotivated; life is not a dress rehearsal.

I read these words in an article that the MHF PR Manager showed everyone during the meeting:

These words were said by Michael in an interview with Able Magazine where he explains where he gets his motivation from. Michael has Muscular Dystrophy and is a permanent power chair user. Michael is also a motivational speaker, Founder, CEO, multiple board member and consultant. He has not allowed his diagnosis to stop him from achieving his goals; if anything he has let it push him to do more.

Why do we take time for granted? Is it because we don’t know how much time we have so instead of lighting a fire under us, the concept actually puts us in a state of false comfort?

Everyone has a different idea of what life is and what is waiting (or not) waiting for us on the ‘other side’. I recently read an article [if I find it again I will add the link] saying that this life is essentially the waiting room and when we die that’s when we will start our actual, fully fledged amazing life. Most religions also believe that there is more than just this life, Hinduism for example, believes in the rebirth and reincarnation of souls.

No matter what you believe though there is always the chance that you are wrong; so would you not prefer to live this life to the fullest just in case this is actually all there is?

~ What quote resonates with you the most? ~


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