The value of life (or potency of life) is an economic value assigned to life in general. In social and political sciences, it is the marginal cost of death prevention in a certain class of circumstances. This is what Wikipedia offers us on the ‘value of life’. But can we measure lives on the scales of economic, political or social values? Or can we measure the value of our lives by the number of years we breathe? Or is it just the facts and figures about our mortality and death rates which decide the value of life on earth?
Well, for me, life is a onetime opportunity! Opportunity to breathe, to play, to eat, to sleep, to dance, to be with the ones you love, to bask in your achievements, to smile, to be happy, to be sad, to be this painter who paints his life in myriad hues! Life comes to you only once and you simple have to live it! With every single emotion that could ever be.
Living is not just shrinking and expanding your diaphragm, your lungs; it’s more than that. It’s about that plethora of things you can do while you are alive. You don’t just live, you don’t just survive; you stride ahead with passion, with rigor, with humor, with style, with joys, with contentment, with generosity, with kindness.
My values in life are clearly laid out. I love my life and I do every possible thing to make it worth its while. I spread smiles. I spread energy. I respect time. I care for my family and friends. I go out, have fun, live my moments and build memories out of them. As Bruce lee aptly put it once-
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
Live today is important to me. There may be a yesterday, there will be a future, but I know what’s in the present. I don’t burden myself with worries of tomorrow and regrets of yesterday. I Inhabit my moments and don't rent them out to tomorrow.
I once read some beautiful lines-
“Count your days by friends not years
Count your nights by stars not shadows”
These lines fill my life with enthusiasm, with positivism My principles, my values and my opinions are in perfect sync with each other and that is what makes my life beautiful. Every person has two sides to itself. One for the world and one for itself. One that pretends and the one that longs. One that introspects and the one that acts. It is between these two distinctive individuals, that you find life, that you find what’s important in your life, what’s valuable in your life.
At the end, I would only quote Abraham Lincoln-
“And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years.”