A Life of Adventure
If you don't live now, you may not live later. In the poem "Ulysses," by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses ponders the next steps of his life. He talks about how he wants to spend the rest of his life with meaning, and being adventurous, instead of wasting it away in his home. In the last part of the poem, Ulysses is writing a note to his crew about how he wants to spend the rest of his old age, full of adventure, and excitement, and take advantage of the time he has because:
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Although Ulysses is not as physically able, he is still mentally willing. Why live a life where he does nothing that he wants to do. He sees that for the rest of his life he will be trapped in his boring life, unless he does something about it. He understands that his time on this planet is limited, and if he wants to do something, than he better make the most of it before it is too late. Life is a gift, and it only gives a person one chance.