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What It Means To Live

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A couple days ago I had the opportunity to meet a lovely couple who have been married for sixty-five years. The lady is 83 and her husband is 90. While talking to them I not only had the chance to learn about how strong the bond was between the two – finding a couple who have been married for over half a century is becoming more rare. But also about how quickly time can pass by.

Before ending my conversation with the couple, the lady stopped me to say “my eyes are failing, my ankles are fat and I need a walker to get everywhere… you need to make sure you enjoy every day you have.”

This conversation struck a nerve with me. I believe in being mindful and understanding to live in the moment, but it can be so easy to get caught up in the world-wind that we call life. We need to actively enjoy every moment, feel as much as we can whether it be good or bad and understand the joy of being here. 

It’s extremely hard to live in the moment right now when we have so many doors to unlock virtual realities: instagram, facebook, television, netflix, video games… that we can easily get swept away from what’s really around us.

There’s nothing wrong with using technology, but I encourage you to actively look around you. Please look around and enjoy where you are. Hug your mother, sister, boyfriend, wife or dog. Enjoy what you have and make sure to make the most of what you can.

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Now, I know this post has nothing to do with my usual content… I will be posting weekly, but it’s only going to be once a week for a while. As I want to be outside during these beautiful summer days, enjoy my surroundings and spend some much-needed time with my friends and family.

Take care and enjoy your day, friends.
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  • I always thought nearly three years with my boyfriend was long time, until I remember there are couples who have been together for over half a century. And they spent it together, being happy in their growing age. We should always be in the moment, something I actively try to do and stop being so focused on this online presence. It’s great to have recognition but it’s so much better to be with people you love.

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • Hahaha – three years in comparison with the life you have currently lived is a long time! Considering these people have lived 60 years longer than us. I agree wholeheartedly – being with the people you love is very important!

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    I think it’s incredibly important to take a moment to spend with another physical person every day. My husband and I eat together every night, and it makes such a difference. I hope one day to be like that old lady. Even with your shell crumbling, one must always find something beautiful.

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

  • Half a century of marriage, wow. I´d have to reach the age of 84 to accomplish that.
    Children do teach you to live in the moment. There is no hurrying, no checking your phone when you are outside walking at toddler speed. You can either get stressed out or give in and enjoy the moment.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • When you think about it, it is quite a long time! That’s so true, Anne! Enjoy every minute of your little ones while they’re young because they’re going to grow up really quick.

      • They do, I cant believe my daughter is already two and a half! It feels like yesterday when I first held her.

  • In Asia, the sight of old couples holding hands are very rare but it’s almost everywhere in this small town that I am living in. It make me smile whenever I see an old couple walking holding hands, the love for each other is still so strong even after decades of marriage. I’m not sure how active I would be throughout Summer too, I really want to spend more time with my family and get my priorities right.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I can’t say I see it too often, but when I do it’s the cutest thing! It takes a lot of love and patience to spend so much time with someone haha!

  • Adele Miner

    I love this so much, thank you for sharing! I am in love with your blog also by the way! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

  • clare⭐

    this is such a beautiful post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

  • SamanthaSeries

    Lovely message. I was babysitting my cousin a few days ago, and even though she has an ipad, she refused to go on it, insisting we find something to play together. Even though I was tired, I played charades with her for an hour, and had so much fun 🙂 Technology will always be there for later, but spending time with loved ones at the moment is always more valuable.

    • That’s amazing! I’m glad that she didn’t want to spend time on her ipad… there’s a lot of kids that aren’t like that! Although it’s too bad you were tired because I’m sure at first you would have preferred that.

  • Great post! We really need to enjoy every single moment now. Let’s show some love to our family! xo

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

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  • What a beautiful reminder and a wonderful opportunity to talk with such a sweet couple ! I love the quote of how she finished your conversation and she’s right we have got to enjoy every single day because what else is really more important in the end ! I really hope you enjoy your summer days 🙂

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • It’s nice we can still learn from strangers and take away a strong message! 🙂 I definitely have to let go of my phone more often!

  • I love talking to older people, there are a few at my gym and my gosh their wisdom is so beautiful <3 Sadly when a tragedy happens like with Christina Grimme it always reminds me too that we don't know when our time is up or when those around us are up which is so scary, it reminds me of what exactly that old lady said enjoy every single day. I bet they have a beautiful love story too! <3 Enjoy your summer Lindsey!!! <3 xoxo

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

    • So true! That’s another reason to never take a day for granted. You have no idea what curveball the world will throw at you!

  • I totally agree with you on how we’re all stuck on social media that we can’t always just live our lives as naturally as we use to (that being for those of us who didn’t grow up around technology). It’s also a bit tricky when you go out with friends but they’re the ones who pull out their phones which tempts you to pull out your phone as well. Anyways loved this post <3

    stacey + thebambieyes.com

    • Exactly – technology is both good and bad for that reason! I’m glad that for most of my childhood technology wasn’t as prevalent (throwback to those dial-up tones LOL)

  • Wow, that’s so inspiring that they’ve been together for so long! Thanks for sharing their wisdom with us 🙂 I definitely try to take the extra moments to appreciate the people around me 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  • When you look around, nowadays many marriages don’t even make it one year and when you see a couple who has been married for 65 years makes me think. Things were harder back then and they still made it so far, but people who have everything can’t seem to make it, it is sad! My parents have been married for 35 years, they had ups and downs but they stick together. We should really appreciate what we have now, otherwise it might be too late!
    I hope you are enjoying your summer!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Carina Vardie

    I love seeing old couples, they are the cutest and most inspiring!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

  • Yiotou_La

    It is so beautiful to see that old couples stick together no matter what. These days couples break up with the first difficulty and it is sad how they cannot deal with their problems together. I see it all the time, friends and couples I know have divorced cause they forgot what things made them happy together and they believe that being separate would make them happier. Beautiful post my friend 🙂

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  • I love seeing old couples. My grandparents on both sides of the family has been married for more than 50 years! It’s what I am my future marriage would be like. I believe in living in the moment as well. It might be watching my tv series for hours but also spending the same time with the family!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

  • Beautiful post and very inspiring too! I love technology but must admit I prefer being more in the moment especially during the summer when it’s great to get out on long country walks and actually Live life! I’ve been with my partner for 7 and a half years now and your right it’s not a common thing anymore to see relationships last long or marriages! I just think life’s totally different to how the older generation lived and that can be sad to think deeply about because our generation is used to having and wanting more and more without realising it! 🙂 x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + Giveaway

  • Definitely take time to enjoy the world around you!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Awwee this is a beautiful post. I’m definitely guilty of not enjoying my life and appreciating those who are in it. Thanks for the reality check!

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