I Won’t Always Be Here


I won’t always be here. But before I go, let me give you some advice.

Do what you want to do, not what you think you should. Be human. Be original. Be interesting. Be you.

Tell the girl you love her. Tell the guy you can’t imagine life without him. That person you’ve been thinking about for weeks, maybe months (years?!) but haven’t gotten around to talking to… Get to know that person. Ask that person out on a date. Become friends. Fall in love. Fall out of love.

Experience something new, like sushi or skydiving or freedom. Indulge in something familiar, like pizza or family or heartache. Spend some time alone. Get to know yourself. Feel lonely, then get to know yourself even better.

Catch up with an old friend. Talk about old times, but don’t limit conversation to that. Think about where you are right now, in this moment. Think about where you’re going. Laugh together. Cry together. Share your appreciation for the human condition.

Write down ten things you want. Cross out nine of them. Whatever’s left, go get it.

Work on projects that mean something to you. The ones you stay awake planning out in your head. The ones you believe are going to change the world someday. Make that day today.

I won’t always be here. Take advantage of me while I am.

Find more of Ryan’s writing in The Bigger Picture, Human Parts, Endless Magazine, Life Tips, Slackjaw, Navigating the Sea of Singledom, and, of course, The Coffeelicious. You can also follow Ryan on Twitter here or check out his website here. He loves compliments and pictures of puppies.