At precisely 5:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 1945, the skies above Jornada del Muerto, 210 miles south of Los Alamo’s, New Mexico lite up in a big flash of light! The site of the Trinity Test had people in a state of mixed emotions, a moment cemented in history, as signaling the end of WWII and the beginning of a frantic arms race. Yet this one moment in history is but a glimmer compared to everything that has happened and will happen. Years from now kids will be briefly covering this in their history classes. The problem of how much “Ancient History” to add to text books, and history lesson will be the big concern.
Yet I say that just say this. If we look at the scale of one of the biggest historical events and timeline it with other moments in history, we have to admit that it is but a speck on the timeline. With the fact being that this speck will only diminish as time goes by.
I find that I have been thinking about this a lot lately and when juxtaposed to the average life span. It feels like we spend more time dwell on the past, on our mistakes, our heartbreaks and our failures, than we do the future. The average human life is close to 90 years and increasing, and as impressive as that is, its still a short time, yet we waste so much of it focused on the wrong aspect.
We sit and dream about where we could be, or what we could do, and yet never determine to motivate ourselves to do it. Our time is precious and our opportunity to glimmer in history is fleeting. So we must resolve to do something amazing, even if it seems impossible. Because for me, I would rather die trying to achieve something most would consider inconceivable, than to waste my time wishing that I had tried.
We only have one shot to establish ourselves among the echelons of history, and to preserve our memory. Maybe all we achieve is giving our family a safe haven and making sure they are provided for. Maybe it’s getting our dream car, owning a home, becoming famous, or writing. No matter what it is living a goal motivated life is something that will put you in the history books. Even if all that means is that your memory will live in the stories passed down through your family. If you ask me that’s would be a great way to be remember.
The only way we will ever get there though is to stop dwelling on the failure and the past. We must focus on the achievements still head and strive to succeed. With a zeal and determination that will be worth talking about well after you’ve departed. So it is that we must motivate ourselves before we erase our chance to Glimmer!