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Life is too short?

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
15 Apr 2010 9:02AM
I like to see as many things as I can whenever I go traveling; not really rushing, but not sitting around either.
My friend like to stop and stare and do nothing.
So, it makes me wonder.

Do you think:
Life is too short, why rush?
Life is too short, why stop and stare?

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Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
15 Apr 2010 9:11AM
Personally I think life is too short so we must fill our time with as much as possible. The way I see it is when I'm old I want to be able to look back and enjoy loads of memories. We are very lucky as photographers to be able to record a lot of our experiences and thoughts. I hope my photographs will be a treasure trove for my mind when I'm old and decrepid!
Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
15 Apr 2010 9:25AM
Well said, Geraint. I can't add much more to that statement.Smile
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
15 Apr 2010 9:42AM
Geraint is right in many ways I think, but I also think we seem to have lost the ability to sit and think. To let the mind wander and contemplate the complexities of our lives. We feel guilty if we are sitting "doing nothing."

I had last week off work and "did nothing" - back at work this week and all people ask is what did you do? Where did you go? Well, I sat at home and read, I walked and thought, I didn't "do" anything.

Doing "nothing" is important, it allows the mind to settle and sort everything out.
User_Removed 8 718 9 England
15 Apr 2010 9:46AM
Like Geraint said, live for today, memories are just memories.

Most people dont realize how little time we have on this earth as mortals until its too late. Some do something about it, some dont. Its easy to get stuck in a rut but ultimately only yourself your break those chains that hold you down.

Live for the moment ahead, not the moments behind us.
Artois 12 405 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 11:36AM
I like doing nothing but can only enjoy it if I should be doing something! I took early retirement 3 years ago from a stressful career as a trainer and I have never regretted retiring at 52 years young. I took a long time to adjust to relaxing and accepting that "Life is too short, why rush?"

"Stressy Stella" is nowadays a relatively stress free happy person.

miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 11:54AM

Quote:Do you think:
Life is too short, why rush?
Life is too short, why stop and stare?

Its a balance, as are most things.

Someone once said:

"Remember as you are in 5th gear in the fast lane, to occasionally stop and look at the daises"


"When you are on holiday, why try and see everything, just focus on a few things that you will enjoy"

So for me its appreciation, and sometimes we are all too busy going from A to B, trying to get ahead, or having to work to pay the Mortgage etc., to actually enjoy life.

And yes, Life is too short.
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
15 Apr 2010 12:09PM
There is no point in rushing to the next thing, if you do not take time to stop and appreciate where you are now.

Rushing is the modern malaise - made worse by choice. Too much choice means we agonise over which options to choose, or try to cram in all the options without appreciating them each individually.

Of course I never claimed I wasn't a hypocrite!
Jalapeno 8 127 2 Iceland
15 Apr 2010 12:14PM
Life is short...mix it up....stuff your days with as much as you can...but then...have just as many days that are relaxing, doing few things....its just about balance! Too much rush means too much stress = early death!

Appreciate the things as they come, for what they are......
On holidays, if I have only a few days...I pick the things I want to see...stuff it in a day but make sure i take a day or 2 to just BE Smile
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
15 Apr 2010 12:16PM
Life is too short is an interesting phrase. Life is too short. Too short for what? And, how long should it be? What would the ideal length of time to live? If we all lived to be 200 would life be very different? Maybe it would be slower? Maybe we would all get to 120 and be saying life is too long!

Anyway, must rush.....
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Apr 2010 12:20PM
Thanks to medical science life is getting longer and longer (on average).

But there are questions over whether the 'extra length' includes a decent quality of life... e.g. dementia is apparently on the increase as are other ailments associated with old age.

Have we already got to the stage where life is actually too long?
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 2:25PM

Quote:Live for the moment ahead, not the moments behind us

And what about the present?

Balance is what its about for me: the ying and yang of quality versus quantity. I move from one side of a scale to the other, and getting the balance right is a problem (I spend too much time on the quantity side).


joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
15 Apr 2010 3:17PM

Quote:Life is too short is an interesting phrase. Life is too short. Too short for what?

Indeed. About 50+ years ago life probably didn't seem too short. It's just that since the '60s there's been a massive explosion in the choices available to us - places to go, things to see and do, etc.

So yes, life is short to do everything. So why not just do the things you want to do and forget the rest? Living is about being happy and we all have our own ideas about what that means. Life is simply as long as it is. Why make it seem shorter by worrying that there are things you will never experience?
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 3:28PM

Quote:Life is too short, why rush?

If I'm lucky (and avoid the "olds" in their "Go Buggies" , a real hazard down here in Christchurch) I can expect another 15 - 20 years before my clogs expire.

Although time is definitely going much faster since I retired 13 years ago I plan to enjoy every moment of it (and screw every penny I can out of my company pension scheme Smile )
rhody 15 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2010 3:57PM
Don't we all as photographers take time to stand and stare at our images and what we want to record and capture to give us pleasure?

W. H. Davies 1871 - 1940


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Some of us do rush around travelling great distances at a great pace packing our day full of things do. I know I have had days which seem to be one 14 hour blur of fast paced activity and cramming things in.

Others take in what is around them and find beauty in the smallest thing, the most fleeting moment in time - something that might only last for a few seconds - something that those in such a focused rush would never know existed and would miss in their rush to fit it all in.

"A poor life this if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare"

Life is never too short - it's what you do with it that counts.

Good thread Cole - very thought provoking

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