A friend of mine asked me a curious question the other day: "Do you wear happy colors because you're happy, or does wearing happy colors make you happy?" It was somewhat of a joke question, but it got my thinking juices going...
As a visually stimulated human being, seeing physical color is the most straightforward way for me to remember that life is to be colored in. There are certain days where things are very black and white - everything seems very tired, boredom sets in, and at its worst, it's as if even just the act of how to color in is lost, and one can feel very lost in that monochromatic space.
Wearing brightly colored gear not only ensures that I am greeted with all my favorite hues first thing in the morning, but also serves as a daily reminder of a motto that I live by: "Life should be lived in COLOR." Trust me, being covered in "GO" signals make it very hard to not live it out!
Of course, I understand that looking like you're trying to break the world record for "most colors on a human body" is (sadly) not the solution for everyone - in fact, it often differs from person to person. These stimulations are personal cues that set off a memory of how you, at your brightest moments, eagerly picked up a crayon and set your mind to filling in the blanks with rich colors.
I have also come to the realization that "life is short" refers not so much to its actual duration, but more to how much of it we actually dedicate to meaningful content. Life is not short - and with modern day technology and healthcare it can only get longer - but truly memorable moments are limited and need to be sought out on your own accord, triggered by your own initiative. While we have been granted a good amount of years to live, in how many of them would a truly unmissable opportunity present itself to us? In how many of these times would we succumb to the dismissive voice in our heads that tell us to just stay in our comfort zones? And in how many of these times would we actually be brave enough to take the chance, and dedicate time and effort to developing our initial pursuit?
As with this entire blog, I write as a form of shared self-reflection. This is certainly not advice that I'm giving as an experienced individual - I have lived but 18 years and have more often than not been mistaken for a 10 year old - in short, I can in no one's books be considered "experienced." This is me professing my aspirations as an experiencing individual - someone who wishes to grasp opportunities and invest myself wholeheartedly in each one of them.
So there you have it - an exhaustive response to a spur-of-the-moment question. Those of you who have issues with the application of unnecessary depth to offhand queries should probably think before you ask from now on...;)