STOP MAKING EXCUSES — You Only Get One Life!

One of my favorite pastimes is to sit looking out at the ocean. I love the sound of the waves as they reach the shore.

I’ve observed that some of the waves come crashing in with an abundance of energy and force behind them. While others don’t make much of a fuss as they barely reach the shore. I noticed the waves parallel the differences in the way we live life.

There are some people who give life all they’ve got. They use the energy they embody and the life force that walks with them to make an impact in life…to make a difference. They seize openings, create new circumstances and partner with their fear. Everyday they are cognizant of the gift they’ve been given. They don’t allow themselves to be a victim, they don’t complain and they don’t partake in pessimism. Their vocabulary doesn’t contain the words “I can’t,” and they see possibilities instead of limitations.

They don’t wait around for things to change; they change them. They don’t hope for opportunities; they create them.

Like the waves that come crashing in they make a huge splash, cover as much ground as they can and alter everything they are able to touch. They leave things wet as a reminder of their presence when their time is up.

Then there are others who barely scratch the surface of life. They don’t want to make a fuss and by not making a fuss they don’t fully live. Everything and everyone is to blame for their circumstances. They live by the words “if only.” If only things were different. If only I had more ______________. If only someone could help me or show me. If only…

For them the shore isn’t close enough, the water isn’t warm enough, the other waves didn’t help push them enough, the rocks are too scary and they hate being wet (how ironic when they’re water…right?).

You only get one life. Why not give all the energy you have while you’re living? Try new things, go new places and meet new people. Be who you aspire to be and do what you want to accomplish.


Your life is your responsibility. You are only as stuck as you believe you are, and you are only as limited as you allow yourself to be.

Life is your opportunity to make a huge splash instead of barely making a fuss. Don’t waste it.

Candra Adia writes daily musings on the perfect imperfections of life here in Soul Connected. Receive one every morning to read as you start your day by clicking here to subscribe. Want to know more about her? Visit

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