If I were to ask you what’s your definition of truly living your life to the damn near fullest you could ever possibly live it, what would you say?

Would you say something like, “If I’m really going to live my life to the fullest, I need to do it ALL, and I’ve got no time to waste. From changing the world to changing myself for the better… ALL of it

Would you say something like, “If I’m really going to live it right I’m going to take every risk that shows up at my doorstep, and whether I totally screw up or I make it happen… no regrets.

Would you say something like, “I’m going to love every person I meet unconditionally with no judgement and no hate. As The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love’, baby.

All this is GREAT. I mean, damn, if you live your life with these kinds of mentalities than you are pretty kickass, badass, amazing, and inspiring in my book. You and I should be friends if that’s the case. 🙂

Lately, I’ve been trying my best to live each and every day from sunrise to sunset with this kind of mentality (after that I go hang with Edward Cullen). I’ve been working my fine behind off on web design projects, walking 50 Miles for World Changers (T-2 Days baby!), writing from my heart, loving from my heart, learning to ride motorcycles, getting pumped for the Fox Road Trip, and everything else that’s on my always-growing Mad To Do List.

But I have to tell you, sometimes I wonder… is it always smart to attempt to  DO IT ALL?


I got up to write this at 2:30 AM because I couldn’t sleep. I was laying there in the middle of reminiscing about how much I miss real, authentic Thai food when suddenly this saying popped in my mind. “When you’re in bed, you’re dead.” It’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, Tuesdays with Morrie.

And so I thought about this saying here for a moment. I think there’s a thin line we can tread on when it comes to this whole being in bed topic.  Because here’s the thing… that “in bed” part of life – the part when we’re not always off doing, doing, doing and going, going, going – those are the moments when we’re able to step back and think about and learn from those old times and enjoy those memories and enjoy the very present we’re in.


How is it already nearing the end of May? How is it that I’m already 6 months away from my 24th birthday? How is it that I remember clear as day taking off in the airplane to China with no idea of what to expect and now I’ve already been back in the US for 7 months after living there for 12?

TIME FLIES. I love living my life. I love spending as little of my life as possible “in bed”. I love to DO, and see, and create.

But the reason those memories and dates above have flown by so fast is because sometimes I try too hard to do it all. And then I read things like what my buddy Lach Cotter from Art of Audacity said like, “When I’m mindful: I’m happier; there’s less stress; I feel my body; food tastes better; the day is longer; I get more done.” …That’s the truth right there, my friends.

Sometimes, the best thing you can “DO” is nothing or simply be more mindful of everything that’s doing the doing around us. Sometimes the best thing you can “DO” is to simply “lay in bed” (possibly alongside a fine-ass romantic interest with a beautiful smile) and reminisce fondly of the things that you did and the people you did them with, dream of the things you’ll do in life, and think about the person you are in the NOW.

A big part about being Mad to Live definitely revolves around the packed-with-action Verb, TO LIVE, but it also requires the ability to Beto Enjoyto be Mindfulto Feel.

With all that said, don’t forget it is possible to Get Busy in Bed and Outside of Bed.  😉 Don’t forget TO BE.

Question For Comments: What’s been one of your happiest memories in life simply because you were able to turn off the Go Go GO and just Be?

PS: As of this morning we’ve raised over $1,000 for A Mad To Live Project: A 50 Mile Walk for Tomorrow’s World Changers. All proceeds are going to DonorsChoose.org! My walk begins THIS Wednesday! Check out the announcement post, and doing whatever is in your means to support it means the world to these students, even if it is just to share the post with your social circle! Thanks guys!!!!

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When I’m mindful: I’m happier; there’s less stress; I feel my body; food tastes better; the day is longer; I get more done

About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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