By mtjulietintern

Kenny Martin
City Manager
Mt. Juliet

As you awake each and every day do you have a routine or plan for your day? Most of us sort of go through the motions each and every day, Monday through Friday, without really truly thinking about it. We seem to become programmed to our routines.

Let me explain. Most people work a Monday-through-Friday job. Your routine, more than likely, sounds something like this. You awake in the morning and either exercise, shower, set out your clothes you will wear for the day, eat breakfast at home, in the car or at work.

After your first four hours of work, you take a lunch break for either 30 minutes or an hour. Sometimes you take more, but we won’t tell. You then work another four hours or more before you leave work. You either stop to pick up the children or they are now driving. You then either pickup dinner, or you go home and cook.

After dinner or supper, you help with homework, do homework or do chores before finally getting in some television or relaxation time, hopefully. At the end of the night, you get ready for bed, go to bed and finally awake from bed to do it all over again.

When Friday and the weekend arrive, you feel somewhat rejuvenated but wonder what you will do for the weekend. Not sure what there is to do, you settle on dinner and a movie. Saturday arrives, and again you find yourself wondering what to do. More than likely you will settle on dinner and another movie. Sunday arrives and you go to church. After church, you have lunch before returning home for the remainder of the day to rest up for a new workweek.

This may not sound exactly like your life, but for the most part, our days can feel as though they are turning into a routine or carbon copy of the day you had the day before, and so on. We sometimes feel as though we are just going through the motions and wonder what life is really all about.

Life will never be easy. There are peaks and valleys in life that everyone goes through. Life is a gift that should be enjoyed. There are some who even wish the weekdays away in order to get to the weekend sooner.

Think about it. There are 365 days in a year, 12 months in a year, 52 weeks in a year, seven days in a week, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute and 86,400 seconds in a day. What are you going to do with your 86,400 seconds today and tomorrow?

Life is not dull. Life is not routine. Life is not guaranteed. We all have one life to live, and as each second passes, we lose yet another precious moment of life that we can never get back. Please remember the seconds pass quickly, so please enjoy each and every one of your 86,400 seconds each and every day with those you love, those you cherish and those who love and cherish you.

Life is much too precious to waste, so please live life to the fullest for it is never dull, routine, boring, meaningless or guaranteed.

Kenny Martin is city manager in Mt. Juliet.