8 Dead Little Kittens: What to do with the rest of your life

8 Dead Little Kittens: What to do with the rest of your life

Oh, honey, have I got a story for you. Ever heard about cats having nine lives? I remember my grandma saying that every time our old cat Whiskers survived another crazy adventure. He’d disappear for days, then strut back in, tail high, as if he’d just conquered the world. And every time, Grandma would laugh and say, “That’s his eighth life gone, only one left!”

Now, let’s think about that for a hot second. Cats, with their insouciant whisker twitches and devil-may-care attitudes, allegedly have nine chances to mess up, experiment, and explore. And us? Well, we’ve got just one. Imagine that – it’s like we’ve already had eight lives and squandered them all. Eight little kittens, gone. What you’re living now? That’s your ninth life, the last hurrah.

That idea could make you curl up on your favorite couch cushion, pondering your choices and bemoaning the fragility of life. It could make you cautious, reserved, hesitant. But let me tell ya, it shouldn’t.

Here’s the twist: while those adorable felines might think they have the upper paw with their surplus lives, we’ve got something even better. We’ve got awareness, foresight, and the power to reflect. And you know what that means? It means that even though we’re on our ninth life, we can make it count.

  1. Dive into Your Passions: Remember when you said, “I’ll do it later”? Well, guess what? ‘Later’ is now. Whether it’s painting, writing, singing, or collecting spoons, dive deep. Now’s your time.
  2. Travel Beyond Your Comfort Zone: And I don’t just mean book a ticket to Paris (though if you do, call me!). Travel can be a state of mind. Explore new ideas, cultures, and perspectives right from your living room.
  3. Love Fearlessly: Yup, you might get hurt. But guess what? That’s part of the package. Loving and being loved, with all the mess and magic, is what makes this ninth life worth it.
  4. Be Boldly Vulnerable: It’s easy to play it safe, guard our hearts, and put up walls. But vulnerability? That’s where the magic happens. Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.
  5. Learn Constantly: Every day, find something new to feed your brain and soul. It can be as simple as a new recipe or as complex as a new language.
  6. Connect Deeply: Make those around you feel seen and heard. Your relationships will define your ninth life.
  7. Find Your Cause: There’s something bigger than you out there. Find it. Advocate for it. Change the world, even if it’s just your little corner of it.
  8. Celebrate the Now: Today, this very moment, is a gift. Cherish it. Celebrate it. You’re here, and that in itself is remarkable.

So, dear reader, while we might not have the cushion of eight backup lives, we’ve got this one beautiful, messy, and incredible one. And that’s all we need. Because the truth is, with intention and heart, one life can be even more adventurous than nine. We’ve got to ensure that when we look back, we don’t see eight missed opportunities but one life fully and fearlessly lived.

To quote Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Whatever you choose, make it count, because you, my dear, are the ultimate cat, and this is your grandest adventure. 🐾❤️

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