Borrowed Time

While everyone is busy entertaining visitors,  or catching up with each other, or passing around biscuits and coffee, I sit in the corner of this funeral parlor enjoying some alone time. And questions about life and death start to pour like the rain that is outside this glass window.

Another day had passed, another day had come. What have you done in a day?

Have you reached out to someone who is in need?
Have you comforted someone in pain?
Have you smiled at life’s surprises?
Have you hugged someone who feels down?
Have you told someone you love him or her?
Have you said sorry to the one you hurt?
Have you thanked someone who makes life easy for you?
Have you done your part in letting people know Someone actually cares?
Are there goals unreached?
Are there words unspoken?
Are there wheels unturned?
Is there unfinished business?

So while this life is just borrowed, how about we make it worthwhile.
Time is the only thing we have now.
Time is the only thing we’ll lose soon.

-ImAShellCracker, 101213

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

If you wanna wear makeup, cool.
If you wanna go plain, cool.
If you wanna grow your hair long, cool.
If you wanna shave it off, cool.
If you wanna wear 1 earring, cool.
If you wanna wear 3 or more, cool.
If you wanna get tatted all over, cool.
If you wanna get just your brows tatted, cool.
If you wanna eat like a pig, cool.
If you wanna eat like a bird, cool.
If you wanna sleep early, cool.
If you don’t wanna sleep at all, cool.

I had a guy tell me ‘Thanks for doing this for me.’

And I said, ‘Oh. But I’m doing this for me.’

Don’t try to impress anyone. That would be an insult to yourself.
Do as you please.
Fakes have 1-minute fame.
We all just have to keep it real.

-ImAShellCracker, 101113

Those Little Things

Happiness is smaller than you think.
It is not in the grandest of things.

It is not having the luxuries in life. Or getting on top of the corporate ladder. Or bagging a coveted title. Or achieving the perfect hourglass figure. Or even having for yourself the most beautiful human alive.

It is in your first morning thought that makes you get through the day.

It is in a sweet smile an old lady still manages to flash that causes creases to her face.

It is in a warm greeting of a stranger when you’re down to thinking nobody cares.

It is in an unguarded moment of a child who worries nothing about the world he moves in.

It is in the little grip of a baby with his whole hand to that one finger of yours.

It is in a tight hug of a mother who understands what you go through with just a glimpse.

It is in a hearty laugh shared with a friend about nonsense, and still feel a moment well spent.

It is in silence where one finds comfort, when everything else has been spoken.

It is in every breath that spells LIFE, instead of existence.

And my list just goes on.

Someone used to tell me ‘nothing is trivial.’
He was right. It is true.
Be mindful. Discover the little things.

-ImAShellCracker, 101013

To The Slacker of Sorts

My horoscope says I have someone I love or close to me that is a slacker of sorts, because he/she doesn’t have my confidence. And it takes just a little ‘push’ from me.

Here goes that push:
Fear of failure is what cripples us.
If you think it’s worth the risk, just go for it.
When one gets rejected, it is not a failure. You get something out of it.. a lesson, a valuable one. You don’t have to be outright bold. Just baby steps. Until you learn the rules. Until you know how to play along. Just don’t give up too soon.

We realize failures because of missed chances. We have had a lot of those in our lives already. That thing that you have long been wanting to do, just do it now.

Stand up. Breathe. And take this chance.
Every night is a chance to dream a dream.
Every morning is a chance to live it.

ImAShellCracker,  100813