Constant reminders to live life to the fullest

By Dwight Collins | Aug 11, 2015

Camden — Everyday we are reminded how short and precious life can be, but yet we refuse to do anything about it. Some have found that “golden ticket” that freed their minds just enough to be able to take care of what needs to be done in the here and now, not maybe tomorrow.

I woke this morning to a Facebook status that a friend had lost his battle with cancer — I did not know he was sick. Facebook allows a user to let people see what and how much of your life you want people to see and what I saw on H. Jeremy Schneider's wall was a man that was well-loved and seized every opportunity to feel alive. I met him in our freshman year and although we ran in different circles, the circles at Camden-Rockport High School had a rather large radius. I always admired his zest for life.

I regret not keeping in closer touch. He was an intellectual, someone who could speak and speak well on many topics and the only other guy from Maine that was a Montreal Expos fan that I knew of.

I have always had respect for him; and today I have even more respect because I am sure I am not the only one who didn't know he had cancer. I have to believe that now the battle has been fought, it was his nature not to seek sympathy through social media, but rather, show his friends and family that he had not stopped living.

I'm confident that if he had any regrets, there were very few. We can all take a lesson from Jeremy in that at any point in time we can stop existing in our physical form, so while we are on this roller coaster called life, raise your hands and scream like hell.

Oscar Wilde wrote, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”

In reflection, I have regrets that I cannot change. What I can do is live my life from this point forward reducing the number of times I allow fear, depression or crappy circumstances keep me from doing what my spirit guides me to do. Free will is a fickle thing, it gives you the freedom to make choices, however one of the choices is always do nothing because you are afraid to do anything.

There are many things I have no desire to do, that doesn't mean I am not living life. Focusing on what is important to me, my kids, is living and having a level of excitement for even the most mundane tasks is still living. We are born to die and what we chose to do with the time in between is what is most important — it truly is.

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