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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

Mary Oliver reads “The Summer Day” (aka “The Grasshopper”)

Are you living your life fully with health and happiness in the forefront of it all? It was Mary Oliver who said, in Blackwater Woods, that To live in this world you must be able to do three things: To love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go…. Sunday was World Health Day and the theme for this year is universal health coverage. Without coverage, so many families, including children, cannot get basic healthcare. If you have coverage, be grateful and do your bit to support access for all. In part celebration and reflection, this post encourages us to take a look at our lives and address the limitations we/others experience whether self imposed or imposed by others. What can we do to change it?   So many of us hold on to minutiae while making short shrift of meaningful relationships and friendships. We attach enormous weight to acquisitions while ignoring our health and well-being.  We ignore the suffering of others as we lament our own. We spend endless hours online, trolling social media sites, instead of getting outside to breathe in fresh air, connect with other flesh and blood folks, and live our lives fully in the real world.

What is wrong with this picture? When was the last time you took a leisurely walk  around your neighborhood with a friend? When was the last time you sat by a pond and watched swans, turtles and other life forms go about their business? When was the last time you took a new class, tried a new dish or took a new route home? Mary Oliver’s poem below, like many of her poems, spoke to my heart. She reminds us to pay attention, to not take anything for granted and to enjoy the wild and precious life we have. What are you waiting for?  There is no perfect day or moment … every day and moment can be perfect; it all depends on us and our mindset. Rumi beckons us to come closer. He has insights to share.  Excessive sleep will interfere with our time table for completion. Enjoy your sleep in good measure but don’t waste time in bed.  This post is an attempt to reflect on the question Mary Oliver posed at the end of her poem, The Summer Day — Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?   I took my title from the question as well. This post is also about the loss of two friends,and the loss of a beloved Hip Hop star; it is about having priorities and taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. It is is about living and celebrating the life we have… life is unpredictable. Enjoy it.

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? via Library of Congress

The Breeze at Dawn by Rumi translated by Coleman Barks
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
From Essential Rumi via allpoetry

READ: Psychology Today: Mary Oliver on How to Live ‘Your One Wild and Precious Life’
Forbes: 7 Leadership Lessons From Mary Oliver On How To Forge Your Own Path


“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.” Dead Poet’s Society

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life


Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

#HealthForAll – Health care for all: let’s make it a reality

How are you spending your time? Recently, two dear friends passed away suddenly. Their deaths were unexpected. One had been ailing but was not critically ill. The other was getting ready to go to work.  I attended the wakes for these two dear souls and friends, and it got me thinking. Constance was one of my best and closest friends in the USA. When I came to the US, she was one of the first people to help me settle in to academic life at Columbia and adjust to the challenges of being in NYC. She was a terrific human being who applauded and encouraged all of us to aim high. She didn’t care about social media as her blood and flesh friendships mattered more. Over the years, she introduced me to lots of wonderful people and shared so many great healthy habits with me.  She was a health conscious and hardworking soul.  She did all the right things.  Eze was a devoted father and friend to many. He was a prayerful man of God and raised three children alone. He was my bestie, Diahann’s, boyfriend and had so much life left in him too. He too lived an exemplary life. Yet, even with the best effort and quality healthcare, their lives were cut short. Imagine then, the enormous challenges that families without healthcare face daily. Quality care is imperative for us all; we all need it or will need it at some point in our lives.

How often do we put off things we want to do because we think the time isn’t right? How often do we ignore calls from friends or cut our conversations short because some other trivial distraction has caught our attention? How often do we put off establishing a sensible exercise or healthy eating routine? What about time spent in the company of family and close friends? Did you know that there are many credible scientific studies that show that strengthening our relationships and friendships can prolong our lives and keep us healthy? A Harvard University report encourages us to focus on strengthening our relationships, by spending time with our loved ones and discarding activities that waste our time.  Another popular study showed that our friendships are a key social connection that can prolong our lives.

What lessons have You learned about life? Even the most sedentary among us can trill off a list of life lessons because, as long as we have life, there are lessons to be learned. What drew me to Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day, was not just the power and simplicity of her message but also the urgency in the message to get on with living life and cut out the excuses. The author of the Forbes article above shared 7 life and leadership lessons gleaned from Mary’s body of work: Live your best life because Your life is what you make it. Stop punishing yourself. Learn from your pain. Only you know what’s best for you. Keep it simple. Worrying solves nothing, and it prevents nothing. Be useful. Add to that the 12 POSITIVE warning signs of health below, and you have a manifesto on how to live an extraordinary life. For those in despair, Wendell Berry offers some solace we can all comprehend. Each of the poems in this post offer fundamental exhortations we can all live by. We can begin today by living our version of a “best life.”

12 Warning Signs of Health by Unknown
1. Persistent presence of support network.
2. Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a constructive light.
3. Episodic peak experiences.
4. Sense of spiritual involvement.

5. Increased sensitivity.
6.Tendency to adapt to changing conditions.
7. Rapid response and recovery of adrenaline system due to repeated challenges.
8. Increased appetite for physical activity.

9. Tendency to identify and communicate feelings.
10. Repeated episodes of gratitude, generosity, or related emotions.
11. Compulsion to contribute to society.
12. Persistent sense of humor.
~ Collected from bulletin board in Waldport, Oregon — no author’s name given.via stevenkharper

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
From Collected Poems, North Point Pres. via poemhunter

READ: The New Yorker: What Mary Oliver’s Critics Don’t Understand


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:


03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility


04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2019?



“I’m at peace with what I’m doing, I feel good with what I wake up doing and about my lifestyle.”- Nipsey Hussle

Sending peace, love and healing light to his loved ones… 🙏🏿💔🙏🏿

Posted by Elizabeth Obih-Frank on Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Psalm of Life: On another sad note, When a soul leaves the earth, loved ones on earth and in heaven feel the reverberations of that life and spirit. Those left behind mourn, reminisce and celebrate a life lived and lost.💔🙏🏿 @nipseyhussle was a gifted, Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist who touched many lives. His senseless death has left a gaping wound in many hearts. May his legacy of community building and creative brilliance remain with us. Sending healing light, love and prayers to his loved ones.💔🙏🏿Today from 10-12pm PST, there will be a celebration of his life at @staplescenterla Many major news media outlets will stream it live.

A poem comes to mind – A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read it and digest its message. 🙏🏿💔🙏🏿

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

Motivation Mondays: Live Your Wild & Precious Life

How are YOU Living Your Wild and Precious Life?: The impetus for this post comes from the last line in the poem The Summer Day which I shared at the top of this post. The other poems I added also speak on a similar theme. They all encourage us to push forward and live. As Mary’s poem below asks: Do you need a prod?  As William Stafford queries: What do you want to remember? Poetry is pithy with meaning and what makes the genre special is that you don’t always need to write an epic poem, like The Odyssey, to get your message across. Poetry speaks to us on a soul level, and we find meaning in poems that can be quite different for each reader. I love that aspect of poetry because it shows that poetry has a resonance that is deeply spiritual. We come to it with our own experiences and baggage and it speaks back to us. Of course, Mary says it succinctly, in A Poetry Handbook, when she says that: Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.

Wrapping up The Summer Day in Spring: Mary poses a question at the end of a poem that looks candidly at life and the passage of time. She asks us: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? It is a direct and bold question and one that so many of us avoid dealing with for whatever reasons get in the way. But, the truth is that the sooner we look at our lives through the lens of honest reflection, the sooner we can begin to make the necessary changes that could propel us in the direction of our goals and dreams. Life is best lived forward but we reference the past to give us a better picture of the typography of our lives. Unless we do the hard work of heavy lifting and deep digging that is required, we will only reap a small harvest. Of course, we all have different life goals and dreams so, set yours where you wish and follow the path by taking massive action. .. desires without works bear little fruit.  William Stafford closes with this message: What can anyone give you greater than now, starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?


Excerpt from The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac Mary Oliver

I know, you never intended to be in this world.
But you’re in it all the same.

so why not get started immediately.

I mean, belonging to it.
There is so much to admire, to weep over.

And to write music or poems about.

Bless the feet that take you to and fro.
Bless the eyes and the listening ears.
Bless the tongue, the marvel of taste.
Bless touching.

You could live a hundred years, it’s happened.
Or not.
I am speaking from the fortunate platform
of many years,
none of which, I think, I ever wasted.
Do you need a prod?
Do you need a little darkness to get you going?
Let me be urgent as a knife, then,
and remind you of Keats,
so single of purpose and thinking, for a while,
he had a lifetime. via


You Reading This, Be Ready by William Stafford
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around? via houseofyoga

READ: BrainPickings – Mary Oliver on the Measure of a Life Well Lived and How to Maximize Our Aliveness
UC San Diego Health – Poetry & Other Readings We Use in the MBSR Classes


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Positive Motivation Tip: Life is precious and unpredictable. Live it!

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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218 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexandra Cook permalink
    08/04/2019 11:09 pm

    Our lives is the greatest gift that we received. Live life that makes me proud and have a goal in life and work towards it.

  2. Sania Ahmed permalink
    09/04/2019 1:44 am

    pretty inspiring for living life to the fullest

  3. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    09/04/2019 3:17 am

    Thank you for sharing this helpful list of warning signs. I’m always wary about things like these now that I’m in my late 30’s.

  4. sarganser permalink
    09/04/2019 4:30 am

    Really motivating,having said that, I have never thought that my life is wild in any way, I feel like I`m holding back too much and for that reason I`m also missing on quite alot, time to get out there.

  5. Yonnah M permalink
    09/04/2019 4:56 am

    I try to live my days to the fullest, but it does often get put on the back burner.

  6. Danielle Jones permalink
    09/04/2019 5:02 am

    Really enjoy your blog and posts. Great work!

  7. You, Me and Benny permalink
    09/04/2019 5:06 am

    I feel like I am living my most wild and precious life!! It makes me feel good to think that way too!

  8. Kalyan Panja permalink
    09/04/2019 5:11 am

    Thanks for sharing more motivation on the ways to live our little life with more cheer. We need to take more deep breaths and get lost in the forests to settle our mind for better.

  9. thenailtrip permalink
    09/04/2019 5:18 am

    Holiii !!
    I do not know this lady you mention, but she looks like a great person.
    Good day!!

  10. Robert Johnston permalink
    09/04/2019 5:48 am

    you made some great points. It was interesting to read

  11. wander women abroad permalink
    09/04/2019 6:00 am

    Wow what an inspirational post. Definitely has me thinking about some things

  12. Ritu Sharma permalink
    09/04/2019 6:18 am

    I look forward to each and every one of your posts. This one is a masterpiece. Many great suggestions that are truly gems of wisdom, that are very clearly and concisely presented – wow.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:27 am

      You are so kind… I enjoy yours too. <3

  13. Ashley Varela permalink
    09/04/2019 6:48 am

    Thank you for the hearty dose of Mary Oliver! Her poems are so refreshing and necessary. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and stresses that we sometimes lose sight of what’s really important — health, family, friends, and our own dreams and goals.

  14. arun permalink
    09/04/2019 7:15 am

    That’s so true we are so caught up in life that we have forgot living, appreciating small things .we wait for the oerfper moment .and sometimes it never comes . Life isn’t just about passing the days but living it fully.

  15. The Nail Trip permalink
    09/04/2019 7:22 am

    Holiii !!
    I do not know this lady, but she looks like a very good person. I like that mentality that you have.
    Good day!!

  16. Angela Ricardo permalink
    09/04/2019 7:40 am

    This is definitely a great reminder for all of us to enjoy our life, appreciate even little good things and to prioritize our health and wellness. This is really inspiring!

  17. Cendu Param permalink
    09/04/2019 7:45 am

    i feel so inspired to get outdoors! loved this read. It’s starting to warm up now, I’m gonna take my son on a little nature walk so we can take in the sights and sounds of nature together.

  18. floartstudio permalink
    09/04/2019 8:15 am

    I love the poems throughout this post, so beautiful. Lots of things to ponder here, about living life to the fullest.

  19. Adriana permalink
    09/04/2019 8:59 am

    Living life to the fullest and to its maximum potential is super important. We all must realize that we are living for us. Amazing and such an inspiring post. Thanks!

  20. Roamy Link Sarganser permalink
    09/04/2019 9:14 am

    Hi there
    I know I do not live a wild life, I do “lock myself up” but reading your post makes me realize how much I`m missing out on, will try and live more, maybe not a wild life but sure a different one.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:26 am

      Okay, Hahaha! It’s not telling you to go wild… just pursue your passions with vigor. 🙂

  21. mamabee1981 permalink
    09/04/2019 10:24 am

    Just the title of this made me realize that I need to live again. I really do. I enjoyed reading this in depth, going to reflect upon your words.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:25 am

      Thank you lady… we’ve come a long way on this journey called life. <3

  22. HilLesha O'Nan permalink
    09/04/2019 11:54 am

    This Mary Oliver poem speaks to my heart as well. Life is too fleeting! This why we should cherish every moment.

  23. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    09/04/2019 12:47 pm

    Looking at it, it seems that things have been good to me lately. I do hope that it continues. 🙂

  24. Jessa B. permalink
    09/04/2019 1:55 pm

    Thanks for all the motivation! we only have one precious life and we should all live our best lives!

  25. Tammie permalink
    09/04/2019 2:37 pm

    Wow! You really got me thinking! I need to slow down and appreciate the world around me more!

  26. 09/04/2019 3:18 pm

    really makes you stop and think. I am always go go go, i rarely take the time to stop and enjoy life.

  27. Blair permalink
    09/04/2019 3:58 pm

    I have survived two accidents that I was told I was lucky to walk away from. After the second one I revived my interest in photography. This allows me the time to appreciate what is around me.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:24 am

      Good for you!

  28. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    09/04/2019 4:38 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you lost close friends recently. My condolences!

    Having just turned 61 and having received some challenging health news last month, I am already making some big changes in my lifestyle so I can live this one precious life I have in a healthier and more fulfilling fashion.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:23 am

      Wishing you well too!

  29. Michael David Oyco permalink
    09/04/2019 5:13 pm

    So much times I want to live like “YOLO”.. I even went a time in my life that having low self-esteem will not you go further in life. But with those, I think balance is still key. I agree though from the Harvard study that strengthening your relationship with your loved ones helps. Knowing more about that would be nice.

  30. Lieze Neven permalink
    09/04/2019 10:14 pm

    Oh thanks for sharing this motivation monday!

  31. Maartje van Sandwijk permalink
    09/04/2019 11:11 pm

    So important to live your life and be aware that you are living it!

  32. Alexithymia_Shubhi permalink
    09/04/2019 11:37 pm

    I like Rumi’s poetry. It feels good to get reminders and motivators to live the life in a better way.

  33. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    10/04/2019 1:32 am

    A Summer Day by Mary Oliver is such an interesting read. Always great to be introduced to a new author.

  34. Lydia Smith permalink
    10/04/2019 2:38 am

    Great read it just made me reliaze how important our health comes first in everything we do.

  35. alwaysusebutter permalink
    10/04/2019 2:53 am

    Such a great reminder to be in the present and be thankful for the beauty in every moment – thank you for sharing!

  36. Sudipa permalink
    10/04/2019 3:37 am

    I love reading your blog post .Always so motivational and full of positivity

  37. moondreams permalink
    10/04/2019 3:43 am

    These are some deep questions. I’m terrible at putting things off, so thanks for reminding me that I should make more time for others. Life is short, and you never know what’s going to happen next!

  38. amycheng permalink
    10/04/2019 4:10 am

    Such a great article! It’s true that if we just all slowed down and enjoyed the little things in life, I think we would “enjoy” it more!

  39. aisasami permalink
    10/04/2019 4:54 am

    I want to live my most wild life but there are too many rules from work and society that makes it not worthwhile.

  40. arun permalink
    10/04/2019 5:41 am

    The poetry is so beautiful. What matters is living every moment fully and completely. Your posts are always heart touching .

  41. briezyy97 permalink
    10/04/2019 6:39 am

    I am so terrible at putting things off. One I am doing right now is not applying for school, I just get really nervous but I need to do it. Thanks for this post.

  42. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    10/04/2019 6:55 am

    wild life should definitely preserved. it is precious and is very much needed for your big home, our planet. Great reminder today

  43. Stacie permalink
    10/04/2019 7:41 am

    Too many of us don’t live our lives. Not really. We put things off just waiting for the right time, but the “right” time is often never there. We just have to live.

  44. Khushboo Motihar permalink
    10/04/2019 7:55 am

    The poem by Rumi is so beautiful! It is indeed important to spend our time meaningfully while we are on earth surrounded by our loved ones.

  45. Joyce Osiango permalink
    10/04/2019 8:58 am

    I truly agree with you we should try to live our lives fully. Sometimes we compromise a lot for others.

  46. danangsutani permalink
    10/04/2019 9:16 am

    Great share, this post very inspiring thanks for share with us.. 👍

  47. Candy O permalink
    10/04/2019 9:58 am

    Such motivating content. I love how you broke down the poem Blue Horses. Listening to Mary read it was very impactful.

  48. Katriza Luna permalink
    10/04/2019 10:46 am

    There’s alot changing in my life lately and I’ve been telling my husband “i need to get my life together!” and working towards small goals at a time is definitely helping putting my life together again a reality! Learning to be who I am instead of what everyone wants me to be is a huge step!

  49. Jasmine M permalink
    10/04/2019 10:51 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. I think a lot of times we all go through this phase where life takes over and we don’t really find time to appreciate things as well as time to take a break. I feel like a lot of us end up overwhelming ourselves with so much and we don’t take time out to reach out to others. A lot of times we put off things too for a variety of different reasons. It’s important to get back to the basics and reach out to others as well as take time to reach out to ourselves to make sure that we are okay as we deal with the stresses of life.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:21 am

      Very true…

  50. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    10/04/2019 11:35 am

    This is such an eye opening post. It made me reflect on the kind of life I am living. I only have one life and I don’t think I have made the most of the gifts I have been blessed with. Every day I am drowning in mundane, routine tasks that are of importance to some but not to me. I will have to think of ways to enjoy living and appreciate the beauty around me. I will not make my talents go to waste!

  51. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    10/04/2019 1:02 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of self care. Such posts are necessary to refresh from the busy schedule.

  52. Paula Schuck permalink
    10/04/2019 2:27 pm

    I actually missed World Health Day this year. Sorry I missed it. I usually write about that too. Your collage is beautiful again as always and cheery too.

  53. IG:Suetanyamchorgh (@suetanyamchorgh) permalink
    10/04/2019 2:36 pm

    Such a powerful message. Thanks for sharing this post with us. I really like this quote : “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

  54. Kemi permalink
    10/04/2019 2:51 pm

    Wildlife poetry…interesting. I was introduced to Ms. Oliver at her passing a couple of months ago. I’m not into modern poetry but I have a few modern poets I like that are African.

  55. Kemi permalink
    10/04/2019 3:06 pm

    Not sure if previous comment went through so again…

    I don’t know much about modern poetry and I don’t really follow it but I do know certain poetry from some African poets that speak on heritage, culture, patriarchy and modern way of life.

  56. amayszingblogs permalink
    10/04/2019 3:42 pm

    I love this! Life is short so enjoy the things that makes you feel happy!

  57. Theresa permalink
    10/04/2019 4:59 pm

    It’s so important to find your passion in each day. Mine is travel, so if I’m not exploring new places, I read books and articles on new places I would like to see, or I am editing old travel photos. My life doesn’t feel wild or precious unless there’s adventure waiting on the horizon for me.

  58. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    10/04/2019 5:00 pm

    very informative & inspiring sharing here, learnt some positive energy, thanks for sharing this. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  59. You, Me and Benny permalink
    10/04/2019 5:03 pm

    I know I’m definitely living this life !!

  60. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    10/04/2019 5:19 pm

    very creative motivational sharing here, after reading, gained some positive vibes, thanks for sharing this. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  61. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    10/04/2019 5:27 pm

    Good read. Great motivation. I am from the Bronx, New York and within the last 3 years moved to an island in the South Pacific. It has really caused me to stop and appreciate the nature all around.

  62. Amy-Lynn is looking forward to spring🌷 (@amylynnwriting) permalink
    10/04/2019 6:19 pm

    Your opening questions always get me. Am I living my life with my health and happiness at the forefront? For a LONG time I was not. For a LONG time I denied my physical condition, worked too hard, pushed through pain and exhaustion, and believed that I wasn’t a good or worthy person if I wasn’t always sacrificing for the ones I love. And, wow, did God have to take away so much of my life, so much of me before I realized what it is really important. I am still putting the pieces together and learning how to live my life with these things as top priority – health and happiness. But I’m getting there.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:19 am

      You are not alone on that journey… welcome. <3

  63. Christa permalink
    10/04/2019 6:38 pm

    I’ve been having a very difficult time lately and have kept the struggles mostly to myself. I just want to sincerely say thank you for this post. Mary Oliver is one of my favorites and even though I *know* her words so well, I sometimes forget them and get swept away with what’s and forget about whys. I needed this today. 💛

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:18 am

      I’m glad it helped you…I know that feeling. <3

  64. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    10/04/2019 6:55 pm

    I actually try and do my best to take note of the “finer things” in life quite often. All too often we tend to just let life FLY BY without appreciating things. I do not let this happen!

  65. Clare Minall permalink
    10/04/2019 9:05 pm

    This was extremely motivational! Thanks for spreading your positive outlook on life! This is what I really needed.

  66. Preet permalink
    10/04/2019 9:12 pm

    I want to live my life without negativity, I want to spend my precious life with the people whom I love. I think it’s so important to live our life to the fullest.

  67. The Crumby Vegan permalink
    10/04/2019 10:17 pm

    Ah I love these photos and the idea of living life… I need more motivational inputs in my life! 💚

  68. Snehal permalink
    10/04/2019 10:40 pm

    You are right. With all the work stuff and stress we tend to ignore both our mental and physical health. 😞

  69. Samar permalink
    11/04/2019 12:38 am

    The poem by William Stafford is my favorite.

    best line: When you turn around, starting here, lift this.

    Just love it.

  70. kumamonjeng permalink
    11/04/2019 1:10 am

    After reading this post, it has taught me to be more conscious of the little thing happen around us, such as a bird sipping nectar in my garden or a fly trying to steal my food.

  71. artch33 permalink
    11/04/2019 1:34 am

    Hmm, for as long as you’re happy and you’re not stepping on other people, I think you’re living just the right way. :0)

  72. Alexa permalink
    11/04/2019 2:57 am

    is a good reminder to pause and be grateful to what we have in front

  73. ZyraKuma permalink
    11/04/2019 3:18 am

    Great and informative post. I’m always trying my best to live life to the fullest!

  74. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    11/04/2019 3:40 am

    Life is very important. we should not take anything for granted that is for sure. I can only agree with your post and wonderful poem

  75. Becca Wilson permalink
    11/04/2019 4:08 am

    This is such an eye opener that we are such creatures of routine. I know that I hardly ever do anything that would be considered wild or crazy anymore.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:56 am

      And that is fine. Mary is simply reminding us to live our lives fully and to step away from the wall of fear.

  76. Dallas Newborn Photographer permalink
    11/04/2019 4:27 am

    Great article to remind us that we need to check in with ourselves and take care of ourselves. Thank you for sharing.

  77. Kenneth C. Agudo permalink
    11/04/2019 5:09 am

    This is very motivating and the cited resources are very insightful and helpful. Health is wealth and its really precious so we need to take care of it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:52 am

      Indeed, without our health and all the loving care we get from loved ones and friendships, we become a shell.

  78. Chad permalink
    11/04/2019 5:13 am

    This is so beautiful and very inspiring. I am so sorry to hear about the death of two of your friend, this must have been so hard to deal with. But it is amazing how you turned this negative incident into positive motivation. Thank you so much for the post.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:51 am

      Thank you Chad. I appreciate that you took time to read the post.

  79. Hirra Pervaiz permalink
    11/04/2019 7:18 am

    Very thought provoking and insightful psot

  80. Wendy Polisi permalink
    11/04/2019 10:20 am

    I don’t think we can fully live if we’re not focusing on health an happiness. They have to be at the top of the list.

  81. Tiffany La Forge-Grau permalink
    11/04/2019 10:20 am

    I think that we get too busy sometimes. We forget the most important part of life.

  82. Vanessa Delia permalink
    11/04/2019 10:21 am

    I think that’s the concept behind self-love and care. We have to remember to take care of ourselves, health and happiness wise.

  83. Heather permalink
    11/04/2019 12:00 pm

    Love this. I always love being motivated.

  84. bianca8080 permalink
    11/04/2019 12:07 pm

    Definitely guilty of puttitng off things until the time feels right but of course the right time hardly ever comes around. Definitely an inspiring post. I need to learn to live in the moment more.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:50 am

      You are not alone. It is a very human quality

  85. Devyani Ray permalink
    11/04/2019 12:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your posts are very enlightening.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:24 am

      Thank you Devyani!

  86. permalink
    11/04/2019 12:33 pm

    Such a great idea to motivate! I am trying to live the life to the fullest! and it is the best help not to lose the momentum – thanks

  87. Hannah Marie permalink
    11/04/2019 4:18 pm

    I try to spend more time with family more. I’d love to travel more alone or with them.

  88. Porsha Carr permalink
    11/04/2019 5:13 pm

    I never listened to Nipsey before he died. My husband did daily and right now as I type I have found myself listing to him since he died and loving his music. He is honestly so inspiring. He has given me so much motivation these last few days to do bigger things with my life and help other.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:49 am

      Yes, and sadly those who know nothing about the Hip Hop community assume they are all fronting and thugs. Like every other creative and dynamic community, it is mixed and their lives are wild/tame and precious … just like the rest of us. Yes, they have loved ones too.

  89. Kiwi permalink
    11/04/2019 5:51 pm

    Nipsey’s funeral was so touching. i cried my eyes out but he was a powerful man that many didnt even know but he had a beautiful legacy.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:54 am

      So true…sadly, some will forget.

  90. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    11/04/2019 6:57 pm

    Such a wonderful article to read and be motivated to plan what’s need to be done and accomplish in our life. Such an inspiration and guide of what we need to do to our life to make it precious.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:53 am

      Thank you Catherine, we all deserve the best…

    • Cassandra Rose permalink
      13/04/2019 3:46 am

      Thank you for posting the links to all of these helpful resources! I’ve been in such a funk lately that it’s sometimes hard to remember that one bad moment doesn’t negate all of the good things I have going on in my life. This is a great reminder.

    • Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
      13/04/2019 7:28 pm

      I agree Catherine. I was motivated after reading this article. 🙂

  91. thebusyboymama permalink
    11/04/2019 7:00 pm

    Ugh I never take leisurely walks anymore! We’re usually hastily walking the dogs or pushing the kids in strollers

  92. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    11/04/2019 11:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing this list of health warning signs. I’m at the age when I should be wary about the little kinks and creaks in my body. 😉

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      12/04/2019 12:57 am

      Yes, I love that commonsense list. It is a positive reminder to LIVE!

    • cheszdylan permalink
      12/04/2019 3:57 am

      I so love the enthusiasm and motivation of your article. Keep it up!

  93. Ogbugbu Ejiroghene permalink
    12/04/2019 3:17 am

    Article is a must read, 12 Warning Signs of Health by Unknown is something to remind ourselves about

  94. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    12/04/2019 4:33 am

    I put off things to do at a “better” time, which makes it even harder

  95. Nursery Rhymes permalink
    12/04/2019 4:49 am

    I really like this part “Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?” Good luck with blogging 🙂

  96. You, Me and Benny permalink
    12/04/2019 7:23 am

    This is wonderful and I am trying my best to live my best life!!

  97. stylelullaby permalink
    12/04/2019 12:09 pm

    as i get older, i’ve been trying to stay better in tune with my body and be aware of health warning signs. thank you for sharing!

  98. MargeKatherine permalink
    12/04/2019 12:43 pm

    Mary Oliver’s words are amazing. She challenges us to be bold and live a gorgeous life that only we can do. To reach and not settle, to question with the belief that we have the right to know and to ask for more. Thanks for a wonderful blog post.

  99. Acupofassamtea permalink
    12/04/2019 12:56 pm

    We all have the tendency to get carried away with the business and stress of life and forget the true reason of our being. Thanks for such a resourceful article. It is great to reflect on the true meaning of life from time to time.

  100. Bree L. permalink
    12/04/2019 1:14 pm

    I really enjoyed the peace of the wild things poem. It was really inspiring and beautiful!

  101. IG:Suetanyamchorgh (@suetanyamchorgh) permalink
    12/04/2019 5:01 pm

    I love everything about your blog and the message it’s sending. I can tell you are a beautiful person inside out. Talking about inspiration, I admired Nipsey. It’s unfortunate that he had to go but I think people are now learning of him and he is an inspiration to so many.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:16 am

      Thank you. The sentiments are mutual

  102. Khushboo Motihar permalink
    12/04/2019 5:14 pm

    It is important to take a step back from our fast paced lives and take a moment to appreciate the nature, our friends and family around us. It is important to be mindful and live a content life.

  103. Alexithymia_Shubhi permalink
    12/04/2019 5:33 pm

    Wonderful photos. I believe to have adventurous and crazy life . Meanwhile, we should take care of our health.

  104. danangsutani permalink
    12/04/2019 6:46 pm

    very motivating, very insightful and helpful. Health is number one and the most important thing above all.

  105. priyanka permalink
    12/04/2019 8:53 pm

    This is so beautiful and very inspiring. Its is a positive source. Thanks for sharing.

  106. Dara Nicole Yuper permalink
    13/04/2019 2:57 am

    You only live once.So we have to take care of this and we should always find a way to keep ourselves motivated and to keep moving forward.Im sorry for your lost.

  107. 13/04/2019 3:13 am

    this is such a great reminder to live a happy life. I woke up this morning stressed and not my best self. this is a great reminder to recenter!

  108. Joanna permalink
    13/04/2019 3:55 am

    Your post reminds me of the time I put my life on pause and moved to Italy for a while. During that period I decided to say “yes” to everything, and this way I got to live and discover moments and things that otherwise I wouldn’t have had. I made friends with the locals, I got invited to different local events, I tried new foods, I even picked up olives and learned how they turn into olive oil. And I never felt happier!

  109. Matija Antonić permalink
    13/04/2019 6:26 am

    It is an eye opener, but sadly in the last two weeks I don’t have time to think about am I happy or unhappy, I have gotten into that ditch where it’s only work or college, but I blame being so close to being done, after that I’ll start doing crazy stuff again ;D

  110. Danielle permalink
    13/04/2019 8:34 am

    I really try to live my life in a healthy and happy way. I find that when I am happier in my life that everyone that is around me is happy as well

  111. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    13/04/2019 11:39 am

    It is such a good question to marinate in. What are you doing with your life? I think we should all ask it every couple of years or so of ourselves. Who and what are you impacting?

  112. Gill Trotman permalink
    13/04/2019 11:48 am

    Wow, I am terribly sorry for your loss. Time is precious especially time spent with loved ones. Also, it’s important to manage time effectively to succeed in what needs to be done.

  113. brie permalink
    13/04/2019 2:14 pm

    i’m sorry about the loss of your two friends. very insightful post and i’m glad you shared it

  114. kumamonjeng permalink
    13/04/2019 3:01 pm

    Your post has told me life is fragile and we never know when someone whom we loved or even acquaintance or neighbor may leave us unexpectedly. Hence we shall pay a little attention to our surrounding, not just the people but also the wild, or nature around us. Embrace them.

  115. presiiicom permalink
    13/04/2019 9:14 pm

    Very inspiring post. I have to tell myself to get up wach day and follow my dream even in small step. This year I’m betting on myself to live laugh and take action

  116. Payal Tyagi permalink
    14/04/2019 3:06 am

    Nice motivational post. I have written something similar regarding passion and no time limit because there is age for passion. Enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  117. Yonnah M permalink
    14/04/2019 3:29 am

    I try to live my life to the fullest. Sometimes I just get too caught up in trying to get my ducks in a row.

  118. Kelli Marie permalink
    14/04/2019 3:35 am

    I absolutely adore this! I always try to live each day like it’s my last. You never know what may happen tomorrow.

  119. Kemi permalink
    14/04/2019 5:43 am

    I listened to Nipsey’s celebration of life and his mum is just so…wow! She radiated such calm and peace and forgiveness for a woman who had lost her child. Just really sad that he had to be taken at his prime. He really was at his prime.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:13 am

      Yes… she is a powerful spirit!

  120. Juanita permalink
    14/04/2019 5:56 am

    This is such an eye opener! Thanks for sharing!

  121. Blake permalink
    14/04/2019 5:59 am

    wow very eye opening thank you for posting it!

  122. Janay permalink
    14/04/2019 6:36 am

    I really enjoyed reading this because it is so well written! My problem is I’m a procrastinator but I’m working on it! Life is too short! RIP to Nipsey his passing really made me sad and I didn’t know him or really listen to his music!

  123. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    14/04/2019 6:42 am

    Yes, I’m happy with my life and learning to let go! Great piece of advice.

  124. honeybunnytwee permalink
    14/04/2019 7:01 am

    Great reminder to live life to the fullest, I like to try to live my life in a way to maximize happiness, I stop to smell the roses and I always try new things

  125. storiesofraku permalink
    14/04/2019 7:55 am

    In the last one year i have done many crazy things. And things that i love and at this point of life all i care about is trying new things and doing the things in life which make me happy

  126. Genny Gall permalink
    14/04/2019 10:10 am

    Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally

  127. Lch permalink
    14/04/2019 11:00 am

    Im so guilty after reading this, I know sometimes I just ignore by body telling me that something is not feeling right. I need to.listen to my body more rather than just ignoring and hoping it will just get better.

  128. Candy permalink
    14/04/2019 2:23 pm

    We were hit with cancer in our family five years ago. Now we travel and have all kinds of things we do.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:12 am

      Stay blessed and healthy!

  129. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    14/04/2019 3:07 pm

    I really needed this reminder to sit back and take stock of my wild and precious life! I need to stop just surviving and THRIVE instead!

  130. Nina Cochingco permalink
    14/04/2019 5:23 pm

    I do think I’m enjoying my life while staying healthy at the same time. Thanks for the reminder.😊

  131. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    14/04/2019 5:37 pm

    This is such an inspiring article. Our life is our responsibility and if our body tries to tell us something then we should not ignore it. Any warning signs should be taken with much attention.

  132. Lydia Smith permalink
    14/04/2019 8:25 pm

    You are so right taking care of my health is my utmost piority now. We have so much going on that we tend to forget our health comes first.

  133. Nicole Anderson permalink
    14/04/2019 8:46 pm

    In the whole scheme of things, life is so fleetingly short and precious. We are all guilty in this modern age of forgetting this as we focus on the day to day problems, that are really not worth the stress and distraction. This is a great post to remind people to keep things in perspective.

  134. Jackline A permalink
    15/04/2019 12:03 am

    Great post. I am still so sad about Nipsey. He did so much for his community and really tried to change things.

  135. ZyraKuma permalink
    15/04/2019 12:08 am

    This was very inspiring for me to become productive and live my life to the fullest. Cheers for this post!

  136. emman damian permalink
    15/04/2019 1:20 am

    I really believe in perfect timing. I know sometimes life can be very challenging but we all need some time to appreciate small things in life.

  137. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    15/04/2019 1:20 am

    I love poetry. The Breeze at Dawn by Rumi translated by Coleman Barks is a really nice poem.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:11 am

      Yes… definitely

  138. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    15/04/2019 1:29 am

    12 Warning Signs of Health by Unknown is inspiring and cleverly written. I will refer to it anytime I can use some inspiration!

  139. gloriousheights permalink
    15/04/2019 1:35 am

    Throughly enjoyed your post.. it sent such positive and healing vibes. It was truly inspiring, I love poetry and am a huge fan of Deadman’s poetry society so all the more reasons for me. Thank you for giving us a food for thought.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/04/2019 5:10 am

      Thank you too for your enthusiastic feedback. 🙂

  140. Elena permalink
    15/04/2019 1:44 am

    What do I plan to do with my wild and precious life? Good question. See the world, have tons of experiences, meet people, love people, help people, leave a mark, spread positivity. That would be my list.

  141. Danjay Reyes permalink
    15/04/2019 2:10 am

    You have very nice contents on this site

  142. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    15/04/2019 2:44 am

    I’m really struggling with life right now, specifically due to my job. This is a necessary read.

  143. Snehal permalink
    15/04/2019 3:41 am

    Such an inspirational post. It motivated me to get things done which I have been pushing away. ✔😊

  144. Sovanpong Va permalink
    15/04/2019 3:55 am

    I think I need to re-read this article everyday to heal myself, such a very good content.

  145. mommysup permalink
    15/04/2019 4:08 am

    I have been trying to appreciate myself enough to have it all wild and calm at the same time!

  146. chadden2001 permalink
    15/04/2019 4:12 am

    I know my health isn’t the best, but I’m always looking for ways to stay healthier so I’m at less risk.
    And I’m very sorry for your losses.

  147. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51) permalink
    15/04/2019 4:53 am

    This post kinda reminded me of the poem Leisure. However the points are beautifully described here.

  148. Norbis López permalink
    15/04/2019 5:09 am

    Your writing is such an inspiration! A lot to learn from here thank you for sharing all your thoughts!

  149. laura permalink
    15/04/2019 5:11 am

    thank you for sharing this list. with the warning signs. It has inspire me to be healthy and live my life to the fullest.

  150. sdamasceno permalink
    15/04/2019 5:19 am

    You have very inspiring words. I love to hear your thoughts and see your pictures. A great start to my week!

  151. Clarice permalink
    15/04/2019 7:44 am

    Thank you for the reading recommendation. Will check that out.

    I am sorry for your loss. It also made me think on how I am taking good care of myself. I also know a someone who died suddenly. This is a very sad reality we have right now.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/04/2019 2:45 am

      Sorry to hear about yours too and thank you for taking a moment to weigh in.

  152. ashleynicolerice permalink
    15/04/2019 10:36 am

    Such a great day to read this! I resonated with a lot of today’s post. Thank you!

  153. Healy Eats Real permalink
    15/04/2019 12:03 pm

    This is a perfect reminder for me right now to appreciate life and not take it for granted!

  154. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    15/04/2019 11:48 pm

    It’s been a while since I stare at some turtles or swans at the pond.. Maybe I should visit a nearby zoo this holy weekend.. 😘

  155. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    16/04/2019 4:19 am

    A great read. Your posts are always full of positivity and inspiration

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/04/2019 2:44 am

      Thank you V!

  156. Everything On A Plate permalink
    16/04/2019 7:03 pm

    Every week the list gets more and more interesting!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/04/2019 2:44 am

      Hahaha! 🙂 Really?

  157. Abu Zaid permalink
    16/04/2019 8:18 pm

    I think this is beautiful motivation and thank you for reminding me about precious life

  158. John Sallie permalink
    18/04/2019 2:30 am

    You can never go wrong with Rumi. Another great article.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/04/2019 2:39 am

      Thank you John!

  159. Bindu Thomas permalink
    21/04/2019 7:51 pm

    This is such an inspiring article. I love your thoughts very much. It contains all positive energy. Thank you!

  160. Bree L. permalink
    22/04/2019 9:32 am

    My favorite piece from this post is the poem The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry – it really spoke to me! So inspiring!

  161. Jhoanna Tacorda permalink
    25/04/2019 2:36 pm

    Your writing made me reflect on a lot of things in my life. I realize I take for granted things around me while pursuing things that are trivial. Thank you for this great reminder.

  162. permalink
    26/04/2019 6:50 am

    Great tips! Lots of motivation and inspiration here! Thanks for another great read x

  163. Jennifer permalink
    27/04/2019 12:52 pm

    I can relate to this post, so much especially the part about putting things off. I cannot tell you how many times, I have spent putting off things until the “time is right.” One thing I’ve learned in life, there is never a right time. There will always be distractions, but we have to learn to just get things done. If we wait too long, nothing ever happens.

  164. Your Ultimate Blogging School permalink
    27/04/2019 4:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful list. What a well written post. I love Rumi and growing up have seen my dad reading his books. Amzing!

  165. Razena permalink
    18/05/2019 6:47 am

    This article touches on so many issues that strike a chord with me. The most important is health coverage and the fact that I am only able to live a relatively mobile existence because my employer provides an excellent health care plan that covers all the medication required for my rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately it’s not in my home country, where most of the medications I’ve been on over the past decade are not even available yet. That brings me to my wild and precious life. I believe that if I hadn’t been stuck here, in a manner of speaking, I would have missed so many opportunities for travel and growth that would not have been possible in my home country.

  166. Kenny Ngo permalink
    05/06/2019 2:45 am

    It is only of late that I have learned to live life the way I see fit and not live life according to how others expect me to live it. I’ve lso learned to let go of things that will not make me happy and just move forward with grace.

  167. Emily Fata permalink
    12/08/2019 3:51 am

    I try my best to live as wildly and freely as as I possibly can because, as the poem states, life is so precious. What better way to show our gratitude for life than to live it to its fullest?


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