Sunday, November 15, 2009

Live like time is running out

When you know you are only going to be living somewhere for a short time, you live differently.

I’m almost to the end of my 5 month time living in Singapore. The short time here serves as a motivator. I know that I might not have a chance to come back to many places here for a while (or maybe ever.) When I get the chance I’ve been busy exploring and trying to take up as many social opportunities as I can with my new friends here. Some of the other exchange students keep so busy exploring I barely see them around! How different back home when there is no urgency. I’ve spent too many weekends back home doing not much because it seems like too much effort or because there doesn’t seem to be much to do. It always comes as a surprise when I hear Singaporean locals say there’s nothing to do in Singapore when I still have a big list of places to go.

When you stop to think about it, while most of us will be living wherever we are living for a bit longer than 5 months, life is short. Sometimes surprisingly so. I think our lives would be different if we took this into account. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you spend time with?

More importantly what’s stopping you and why don’t you start?