Life Is Short - Enjoy It

By Jayzle-May, age 13, California

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Life is short. We have to live every second of our life because, if we don't, when we look back into the past, we're going to wonder, "What did I do all those years?" We only have one life, one chance, one time. We can never truly repeat something that we did in the past exactly like it happened. So what now?

Life is full of risks and daring adventures, and it's up to us to live up to it. Life is a challenge. It's up to us to accept it. Life is scary - conquer your fears. Life is exciting. Don't waste it spending your time sad or disappointed in what you did or did not do. No one really can tell you what to do. They can only influence you. If you want to do something, go for it.

Enjoy your life. You only have one life and you never know when your last day is. If you looked back at your life today, would you be proud of yourself? Are you the person you wanted to be?

Chase your dreams, be happy, and most of all, take care of yourself. If you're in a difficult time period or something didn't go right in your life, don't dwell on it. There's no point in continuously beating yourself up because this or that didn't work the way you wanted it to. You're only hurting yourself. Breathe. Accept what happened, learn from it, and move on.

Celebrate each day like it's your last because, in all reality, you never know. Do the things that make you happy because your happiness counts too. Live your life like a daring adventure because it is. You're glass isn't half-empty - it's half-full. I encourage everyone to look at their lives optimistically, not pessimistically. Once you start looking at the brighter side of your life, you too will feel like nothing could go wrong. When nothing can go wrong, all that can happen is good things.

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.

- Sai Baba

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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