Life is too Short

When is the last time you’ve heard someone say, “Life is too short to be . . . .  (mad, sad, angry, mean, ornery, snarky, etc.)?

What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].  -James 4:1

I consider myself to be middle-aged since the 50’s are the new 30’s.  I even wrote about turning 50 a while back!  And don’t you say a word about that! 🙂  And frankly, when I was in my 20’s, I never thought the word “middle-aged” would be in my vocabulary, because I never gave much thought to growing older, which is how it is supposed to be.

But, looking back, I never realized how fast time would pass!  We think about our babies going off to college, getting married, living lives of their own, but we never realize how quickly those things will happen.

Do you remember your children’s first words, first steps, first everything?  Of course we do (or at least these events are recorded in their baby books, etc.).

But, today’s post is not about your baby, it’s about you!  And I have just one question for you!  Just one!

Life's Too Short

It is too easy to get into life’s little ruts and stay there!  Way too easy, because we are creatures of habit and we usually resist change.

Pay attention to the things you do this week.  We tend to go to the same places, sit in the same seat at church and follow the same routines every day.  Routines are not bad.  But, from time to time, we need to change things up.

The fitness experts even advise against doing the same exercises day in and day out.  Our bodies get acclimated to the same routine and we get disappointed when we don’t see the changes that we saw in the beginning.

Life's Too Short



So, I repeat the question, “When is the last time you did something for the first time?”

OK, I’ll go first.  You talked me into it!

Here are some firsts from this past week!

1.  I ate at a restaurant I had never eaten at before.

This is nothing new.  My husband and I love to try new restaurants.  Have you ever noticed how most people gravitate to the same restaurants and order the same food?  I double dog dare you to venture out and try a new food!

2.  I took a bathroom mirror selfie pic of myself.

Because I hate them and because I’ve always thought they were trashy and not classy, I decided to bite the bullet and do it, just this one time. Just so I could say I’ve done it.  Look closely.  It will never happen again. Ever.  It was bad!  But I have no shame, so here it is.  Gross! (But I have to admit the outfit was rocking!)


3.  I did 250 jumping jacks in the course of a few hours (not all at one time).

All exercise counts, right?  And we should move more, correct?  I challenged myself to do a set of 10 jumping jacks every time I stood up from sitting (at my desk, etc.)  That’s not all I did.  Each time I did a set of jacks, I added either 10 lunges (each leg) or 10 tricep dips (boy, those things burn) or 10 hoedowns (T-Tapp) or 10 crunches, etc.  I enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to keep it up.

I don’t normally go around quoting Paris Hilton, but this was just too cute not to share!  And I totally agree!


Psst:  That sounds like two rules to me, but it’s all good!

So, when was the last time you did something for the first time?  Please share!

I went sky divin’, 
I went rocky mountain climbin’, 
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper, 
And I spoke sweeter, 
And I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying, 
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’. – Tim McGraw

You can find many more “Life is too Short” quotes here!

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!


  1. I admit I am one of those who sits in the same seat at Church almost every Sunday and I do go to a lot of the same places. We also only have 4 restaurants in out town so that’s not much help. I am really going to have to put my thinking cap on for this one Alli! Because all I am coming up with is that I am always trying something new in the kitchen, and that’s BORING!

    PS. I feel the same way about bathroom selfies. Have a blessed week.

    • Amanda, I sit in the same seat every Sunday, too! We are creatures of habit and some habits are good! I just don’t want to go through life and regret not trying new things! 🙂 Have a blessed Monday!!

  2. You are on to something here! I too, have never taken a bathroom selfie, to me they look a little vain. (It IS a cute outfit, especially Springy!)
    I LOVE that verse by Tim McGraw. Another good one is “When you have the chance to sit it out or dance…DANCE!”
    My hubby and I also like to try new restaurants, especially local restaurants. I’m putting my thinking cap on right now for ideas of ‘new’ things we can do this summer!
    We went on a local Garden Tour yesterday afternoon, never did that before, it was Sooo much fun. It will be on the blog soon.

    • I’m going on a porch and garden tour this coming Saturday. My daughters are taking me as part of our Mother’s Day weekend and I will be blogging about it soon, too! Yeah, I hate selfies, but since I’ve never done one . . . I took the plunge! 🙂 Sometimes I think we are the same person, Shirley! 🙂

  3. Great advice that we need to be reminded of!
    Technically it wasn’t my first time, but yesterday I went on that crazy “Zipper” ride at the carnival with my 6 year old son, his first time and my first time since I was 14!

  4. I say “Life’s too short” ALL the time. It’s so true! One of my favorite things to do is to drive down roads I haven’t been down before. And I drove down a new one just yesterday 🙂 You never know what you’ll find! I found an awesome “you-pick” blueberry farm yesterday!

    • I love blueberries and I like to just drive around, too, looking at homes and getting curb appeal ideas. You hit the mother lode, didn’t you?

  5. I am in the 50 club with you, and feel a lot like you. Time really flies, doesn’t it?
    We’ve been making a point of trying new restaurants and visiting new places now that our kids have all flown the nest. Of course, one of the best things about that is the new little people they bring into your life! I love taking the grand babies places– everything is so exciting to them– which is how we all should be!

    • I enjoy taking the grands places, too! I tend to look at their new “firsts” as mine, too, because I’m looking at it through the eyes of my grands.

  6. i can’t even remember the last time i’ve done anything for the first time…

  7. I love routine BUT I married a visionary husband :). Life is never boring here. I am never sure what will be my next first to do, maybe move to China (hope not!). But yes, we have moved to places we have not even seen before, learned a language I did not speak, driven cars and roads, I did not know I could. But most important, I have learned to really love my husband!

    • My husband is a visionary, too, and I tend to be the person that gets stuck in a routine, so I have to shake myself up every once in a while. I like to plan and my husband tends to fly by the seat of his pants. I’ve had to let go and let God on many occasions! 🙂

  8. Crystal says

    At Easter, we went out for lunch to a fancy steak house that we had been wanting to try for many, many, many years. We all felt like royalty. The service was awesome and the food melted in your mouth. We marked it off our bucket list…yay!!

  9. One thing I’d love to push myself to do this summer is to learn to drive our boat. I know the basics but get to scared to do it when the water gets rough or there are a lot of other boats around. I think it’s always good to try new things.

    • I would be a little intimidated to drive a boat, too. I would have to memorize all the rules, etc., because that’s who I am. 🙂

  10. I tried a new restaurant last night! I am totally one of those people who eats at the same place and orders the same food every single time…LOL!!

  11. Love this idea! It’s so true that life is short and you have to live while you can! We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow by any means. Thanks for the encouragement!

  12. What I did for the first time a couple of years ago is travel 5 states in one week (Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas)! Very fun and I’m doing it again this year!

  13. I have not done anything new. More exercising sounds great to me but sometimes it is hard to get it in (or make time to get in in). Love the bathroom selfie!

  14. I will never understand the bathroom selfies.. I don’t understand it BUT maybe they are fun and I am missing out. My goal is to actually eat at restaurants I’ve never eaten at but to also eat foods I would think I would never eat…. It’s time for my taste buds to grow up! My other first time goal is to pick up one of our chickens… I’m terrified!

    • I would be terrified, too! I loved your summer bucket list video. It made my day. Your children are awesome (little beauties, too)!

  15. What a wonderful post, Alli. I love your wit, humor and insight, along with the Paris Hilton quote…another “first time,” I assume?! Your selfie is beautiful, your outfit is certainly rockin’ and the look on your face is priceless. I agree about the bathroom mirror pictures though. Love reading your blog and all of the fantastic reader comments. Keep the posts coming! 🙂

  16. I put myself out there and tried something new business wise and it totally paid off! Sometimes it’s important to try new things and not be so stuck in the daily grind!!!

  17. I did my first Ragnar Trail Relay last month which included running on a trail in the middle of the night!!! I am so not a night runner because I jump at all things that go bump in the night. The funny thing was that I loved every minute of it 🙂

    • Wow! I’ve never heard of running in the middle of the night! I’ll have to share this with my daughter (a runner). Sounds exciting!

  18. I have passed you up in age and my life is all about trying new things. Specifically all the things I didn’t have time for when I was working. Right now I am really into food festivals. There are so many of them around if you take the time to look.

    My biggest area of trying new things is in crafting and cooking. I have never been good at crafting and sometimes it is very painful but I am learning.

    Traveling is probably my first love right how. In a couple of weeks, I will be seeing Iceland. Next year, hopefully Fiji.

    What about books? So many books and imaginary worlds to explore.

    Your life is only as boring as you want it to be.

  19. this is tough! My life is pretty boring as in trying new things lately and that kinda does make me feel like im stuck in a rut.

  20. Hi Alli. Great post. Shared on my FB page to share your message. Have a great hump day!

  21. You’ve inspired me to try something new tomorrow! I’ll let ya know how it goes. Thanks for linking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party. Hugs 🙂

  22. Last week I tried dandelion greens for the first time in my life.

  23. Ok I have not done anything different this week. I am definitely a creature of habit! My kids and I went by a Thai food restaurant and spoke about trying it. I talked myself out of it because of the unsurety and not my normal food. Great post to get people thinking about a bucket list.
    Thanks for linking up at the Ultimate Linky Party!

  24. 2 days before you wrote this, I turned 30, so that is new 🙂

    Since then, this week anyway, I tried a new recipe and it was love at first bite, even for my husband! I also made food for a friend in need for the first time. I don’t usually make food for others unless it’s dinner at my house or taking something to dinner at their house. This was just for them to eat because they were recovering from surgery still. It felt good to put one of my talents to use.

    I’m also starting to speak up again. I used to do it all the time as a teenager, but once I got married it went to the wayside and I kind of forgot how to be myself instead of completely shy. After almost 7 years in the same place, I’m comfortable enough to find myself again and actually be myself around the people I know. It’s crazy!

    • I was shy as a little girl, but when I tell people that, they can barely believe it because I’m not shy now! It seems the older I get, the more outspoken I become. To be honest, even now, I’m more comfortable speaking in front of a crowd than one on one. It’s crazy!

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