Fly a Little Higher

Hey y’all, so last night I watched the new movie on Disney+ called CLOUDS. Wow. Let me just say that from the get-go. Wow. So good, I cried a good 5 times, but more importantly is the story behind it.

So for those who aren’t familiar, it’s the story about a young man named Zach Sobiech who was diagnosed with terminal cancer when he was 17 years old. He then went on to get a record deal and recorded a song called “Clouds.” I actually downloaded his song years ago, when I first read about him and his story. It’s a great song that he wrote about his cancer, as one of the final things he was able to do in his life. Beyond that, I didn’t really know much about him or his story, just that he died shortly after releasing the song.

The movie delves so much deeper and really brings to light a lot of great things, but mainly one that gets harped on a lot, but yet, we still don’t always follow it: live your one life. We all get one life, we don’t know when it will end. It could end tomorrow or 50 years from now or anywhere in between. Some people will, like Zach, get a deadline given to them, while others will just go on with life, not knowing when the end is coming. The downside to those of us who don’t know when it’ll be our last day is that, sometimes, we take tomorrow for granted. I know I do it, all the time. Whether it’s planning to do something or meeting up with a friend (pre COVID of course), sometimes things would get cancelled or pushed back with the reasoning, I’ll do it next time. Here’s the thing though, none of us are guaranteed a next time. It’s sad that it takes getting cancer or another disease to really bring that to light, but for many of us, it does.

What Zach’s story showed us was that it’s okay to dream big, it’s okay to go after what you want, and it’s okay to relish the smaller moments with your family, while also chasing the bigger moments, knowing you may or may not get them. It got me thinking, how often do we put off things that we should do now for later? How often do we think, “I’ll do this tomorrow,” “I’ll give my grandparents a call next week,” “I’ll tell so and so I love him/her when I’m more brave.” I try not to regret too much of my past choices, but some of them stick with me, and there are certain things I didn’t do in the past thinking I had more time to do it, that it turns out, I didn’t have more time to do. We all have some regrets like that, we wouldn’t be human.

I’m certainly not saying you have to go skydiving everyday and can’t just spend some days relaxing on the beach or watching movies with friends or family. Definitely take the time to do that too. But also make the time to do the harder things. Tell the person how you feel about them, because you may always wonder, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a future time to do so. Call your parents or grandparents. Pursue a passion. Sure, you may fail. But you may also soar. Take the risks when presented to you. Live a big and beautiful life that you’re proud of.

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