I wrote this poem several years ago, but it popped up in my memories and is worth sharing again.
I am not here to just put my toes in the water.
I am here to cannonball off a spring-board,
fully plunging myself into the deep end.
I am not here to simply smell the flowers.
I am here to roll through the meadow,
to give in to careless abandon,
and to saturate myself in their fragrances.
I am not here to be a guest in my own life.
I am here to live deliberately,
to deeply inhale the essence of this life,
because I know, all too well, that life is short.
And at the end of my journey through this lifetime,
all the things I did,
and all the life I inhaled,
will hopefully serve to remind me,
that I lived a purposeful life, and that I made a difference.