I only got 24 hours to live, and I ain’t going to waste it here. – Fly, Bug’s Life
I love this line from Bug’s Life. In case you missed out on watching this Disney/Pixar creation at least 100 times in recent years as the result of having children, this line is delivered in response to the sorry state of P.T. Flea’s circus act. The flies leave in the middle of the show. Exit, stage right.
I like this quote because it challenges you to ask yourself, in general terms, are you living the life you want to live? More specifically, if you only had 24 hours to live, would you be doing what you are doing right now in this moment? I think most of us would say no. You don’t have to be dying to start living.
Based on everything I know (which could very well be not much), my life expectancy is greater than 24 hours. Pressure off. If I were on my deathbed, reflecting back on the life I’ve lived, would I be happy with the choices I’ve made thus far? In making future decisions, I question whether the decision going to be something I’ll be happy with in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
The wise fly also reminds us that nothing lasts forever and to seize the moments that we have. Are we going to sit around and wait for this circus act to end or are you going to pack up and move out and see where the road takes you? Or move on to the next gig in town? Or just try something new and different from your current habits.
We’re sad to leave our family, friends, favorite places, schools, neighbors, teammates and life as we know it. Our time here has not been a waste or in vain. Though it has often times resembled a three ring circus and we each have played our share of roles – the ring leader, the lion tamer, the dog jumping through the hoops and the clown (note: I didn’t say fool).
We are ready to pack up and move, seeking out a new path and a new adventure in Spokane. Is it the right decision? We don’t know. It’s right for right now. The beauty of decision making is that you can always course correct, make a new decision and try something new.