Earn life

Ian Malcolm

Recently I was scrolling through Instagram, and there was a chalkboard sign with a lovely script font that made me stop scrolling and take a closer look. Huh, I thought. Earn life – that is quite profound.

On closer inspection, it actually said Farm life. Here I am having a reflective moment over something I misread. What am I like!

Earn life is such a lovely statement that I haven’t come across before. It made me stop and think about how often I take my own life for granted. I’m now working on changing my mindset to be grateful for every aspect of my life. To take responsibility for my life, and to make the most of every second I have.

I’ve found that if I don’t earn something myself, it’s very easy to take it for granted and not value it. They hit the nail on the head in the Jurassic Park movie, with Ian Malcolm’s thoughts on the Park:

I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it.

Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park (one of the greatest movies of all time – in my opinion anyway)

You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it is the part that really resonates with me. If I read something someone else has written, get given an artwork file prepared by someone else, or am told something – I have a tendency to assume it is correct. So I have to consciously remind myself to never assume anything, and always to question. This is tough since my default setting is complete gullibility. I’m still unsure if this stems from naivety – or a tool to avoid taking any responsibility. I’m starting to think it may be the latter.

What I do know for sure however, is older I get, the more my mortality weighs on my mind. We have to earn trust, earn a living (as in money), earn respect – so why not earn life. Life the best lives we can, take risks, do things that excite and scare us, and make time for the people we love.

So these my friends, are my thoughts on this stormy Friday afternoon, as I head of to the Doctors to get some test results … the reality of mortality at it’s finest!