Life is like a shot of vodka
One of the things that scares me the most, and I’m sure scares a lot of people the most, is death. It’s not something I think about often, because the last time I seriously thought about it led to me having a full-on anxiety attack. I think one of the reasons for this was because I love life too much to even comphrend the fact that I will eventually stop experiencing it. Yesterday, I went to my grandad’s funeral. Whilst I had tears in my eyes, mourning the loss and feeling the shock of seeing my family in such despair, I didn’t just walk away feeling sad. I also had a burning for wanting to savour life.
I think that’s what he would have wanted, having been such a larger than life figure himself.
When I first started university, we had a big welcome talk from its prominent figures. Whilst it was a cheesy and poorly executed show, I did take away one thing from it: to ‘just say yes’. For me, someone who struggles with putting myself forward in social situations, this struck a chord with me. Now I’m not unconfident. But it’s only been in recent years that I’ve actually come out my shy shell and just generally been better at dealing with the world. So I’ve been saying yes to a lot of things. No mum (hi!), not drugs. Just putting myself forward to do stuff I wouldn’t usually do: Joining societies, having a chat with absolutely anyone… Going out on a Monday night… A lot of my ‘yes’ moments have been amazing. Some of them have had their downfalls, as you can imagine. But so what? They’re opportunities that life has presented to me. And experiences good and bad have enriched me in ways that only experiencing life can do.
I was talking to someone the other day about their relationship issues. They were saying they didn’t see the point in continuing it, because they didn’t see it being a long term thing. I said, “Well nothing lasts forever anyway, if you think about it. Why not just see how things go?”. That’s just how you have to take life in general though, isn’t it? Nothing is permanent, but everything can be savoured, no matter how long it lasts. And sometimes, it’s the shortest things that have the biggest impact.
Which leads me to my conclusion. Some say life is like a box of chocolates, because you never know what you’re going to get. Being a student, I say that life is like a shot of vodka. It’s short, it’s strong, and for a good time it’s worth saying yes to. A hangover, whilst painful, is recoverable. The guy you drunkenly came onto, whilst cringe-worthy, is forgettable. But you move on from the bad things. When you look back, you will not be harrowed by the shot of vodka you didn’t take, just because you thought you couldn’t handle it. You will have swallowed it without a second thought, and made memories you would never have otherwise.
So carpe diem. Seize the day. I encourage anyone who is reading this to just do life how you want. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from chasing your desires. Life doesn’t last forever, but it’s the best thing you’ve been given. You might as well just go for it.
After all, why on earth would you waste a precious shot of vodka?