Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. 'Memento Mori’, because our time on earth grows shorter with each passing minute.
That’s true of course, but also a very grim way to look at life. Now that I’m getting older time seems to go faster. My time is limited. But I don’t think about death, I think about LIFE. How to enjoy and cherish it: ‘Plan like you will live forever and then live like there is no tomorrow’. I want to do the things that leave me with a smile and when I wake up in the morning I want to have the same sense of expectation for this new day as I had when I was a child.
I love the French expression: ‚le petit bonheur’, finding happiness in the small things in life. For me that is all that counts, each new day again.