Guest Post by Valerie Nifora: Life is Too Short

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As part of the WOW blog tour for Valerie Nifora’s amazing poetry book I Asked the Wind, Valerie is sharing her thoughts on what prevents people from fulfilling their dreams

Welcome Valerie

Life is short. Do it now before you die.

My son, when he was much younger wandered into my office and between my conference calls, he asked me, “Mommy, how many days have I been alive?” I broke out my calculator and did some math and he was roughly 1,965 days. “Wow, he said. That seems like a lot.” He then wandered off to go play with a toy. But, that exchange has stuck with me ever since.

The funniest thing about living, is the fact that you have absolutely no control what happens to you at all. Who’s to say, that you don’t get into a car accident and not make it home? Or what if you get hit by a bus crossing the street? Or, suddenly come down with a disease? All of a sudden the number of days that you’ve been alive take on a new meaning.
I did some of my own math and as of this writing, I’ve been around for roughly 16,600 days (give or take a few), and who’s to say if I actually get another 16,000 days to wake up and try again. Why am I telling you this? Because if you think about how long you’ve been alive, or potentially how much longer you might have to live based on some statistical model — I think you’ll probably come to the conclusion, that it’s simply not enough days. Life is short.

Which brings up another point, since life is short — why are you putting off all those things that you wanted to do? Why aren’t you trying to achieve your dreams, even if in small measures? What can you account for in the number of days you’ve been alive? I’m by no means advocating selling everything and joining the circus, but why not make a small choice every day to do something that matters to you?

It could be volunteering the use of your talent in some way. It could be writing down your family history as you recall it, so that future generations might know more about their roots. It might just be socking a little extra into a retirement account so that you can take that trip you always wanted. Or maybe, it’s hugging your son just a little longer at bedtime. Whatever it is that’s your heart’s desire — start today. Because life is short, and you want to make sure you used those days wisely when they come to an end.

 

Thanks so much Valerie for sharing these wise words to help us reach for our dreams.

Be sure to check all the stops on the WOW Blog Tour for Valerie’s book

Blog Tour Dates
February 10th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you stop by WOW! Women on Writing’s blog today and read an interview with author Valerie Nifora as we discuss her book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry. You can also win a signed copy of her book!
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

February 11th @ Karen Brown Tyson
Stop by Karen’s blog today and read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora who will be talking about what prevents people from following her dreams.
https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/
February 13th @ Michelle Cornish
Stop by Michelle’s blog and you can watch an interview with author Valerie Nifora. Don’t miss it!
https://www.michellecornish.com/blog

February 14th @ A New Look on Books
Visit Rae’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora about what helped her get through heartbreak.
https://www.anewlookonbooks.com/blog

February 14th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
Visit Veronica’s blog today and read a feature that spotlights one of the poems from the book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

February 15th @ Coffee with Lacey
Visit Lacey’s blog today and read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.com

February 16th @ Phy Roselle
Stop by Phy’s blog today and read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about what most people miss about live.
https://phyroselle.wordpress.com/

February 20th @ Precious Phyllis
Visit Phyllis’ blog today and read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
http://phytallic.wordpress.com/

February 22nd @ Beverley A. Baird
Visit Beverley’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

February 24th @ A Storybook World
Visit Deirdra’s blog today and you can read author Valerie Nifora’s guest post about why if you’re lonely, you are not alone.
http://www.astorybookworld.com/

February 25th @ Lori’s Reading Corner
Visit Lori’s blog today and read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about whether we really have to love ourselves before we love another person.
http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/

February 28th @ Beverley A. Baird
Stop by Beverley’s blog again and you can read author Valerie Nifora’s guest post about how life is short, do it now before you die. Get inspired today!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

February 29th @ Bookworm Blog
Visit Anjanette’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry. You can also read her interview with the author as well.
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

March 1st @ Choices
Visit Madeline’s blog today and you can read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about what her children taught her about love.
http://madelinesharples.com/

March 2nd @ Armed with a Book
Visit Kriti’s blog and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
https://www.armedwithabook.com/

March 4th @ Armed with a Book
Stop by Kriti’s blog again and you can read her interview with author Valerie Nifora.
https://www.armedwithabook.com/

March 6th @ The Faerie Review
Come by Lily’s blog today and you can read author Valerie Nifora’s guest post about why risk is sometimes worth it.
https://www.thefaeriereview.com

March 9th @ It’s Alanna Jean
Visit Alanna Jean’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Valerie Nifora, who will discuss why people fear failure. Don’t miss this one!
http://itsalannajean.com/

March 10th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog and you can read Valerie Nifora’s guest post about why we settle on mediocre.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com./

March 15th @ Teatime and Books
Stop by Janet’s blog today and you can read her review of Valerie Nifora’s book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry.
http://teatimeandbooks76.blogspot.com/

 

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