“Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?,” Mary Oliver wrote. She did not offer a suggestion of the perfect life plan. What you do with your life is up to you.
However different our answers are to that question, Oliver knew that our days on earth are not only numbered but precious.
You become so busy and worried about the next problem to tackle or the failure to get back up from. It’s easy to forget that life is indeed precious.
It’s easy to become hopeless and restless because you work hard and you try again. Only to find that you need to work harder and keep trying. It all seems like an endless loop.
You have the problem-solving skills and determination to face your problems and failures. You are courageous, and you give life your best effort. And before you know it, you experience the results of your efforts.
And no matter how much you plan for your life, there’s always something unexpected that arrives. You wonder, how do I keep going?
Sometimes to keep going means that you simplify your life, ask for help, or try something new.
Sometimes your life plan changes because you change. You step out of your comfort zone. You see something through a new perspective. You give something another try.
When Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”, she doesn’t mean to overwhelm you.
You don’t have to have every detail figured out. Because there is no perfect life plan.
Perhaps Mary Oliver only means to remind you:
Your life is precious. Your voice is precious. Your time is precious. Your dreams are precious. Your journey is precious.
Life is precious now.