LIFE IS SHORT, ENJOY IT
7 That morning light is sweet, and it is a good thing for the eyes to see that sun rising. 8 Even someone living many years can rejoice in them all; yet that someone should remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is temporary. 9 Rejoice, young man, during your youth, and let your heart please you during the days of young adulthood. And walk where your heart wants to go, and see what your eyes want to see. Yet be aware that God will hold you accountable for all these things. 10 So, take away any irritation your heart feels and let any pain your body feels pass, because youth and the times of dark hair are temporary.
from dark hair to dark days
There is a play on words in this passage that is lost in every English translation I know of. It is a contrast between the days of darkness (yemey ha choshech) in verse 8, and the times of dark hair (hashachrot) in verse 10. Solomon is an old man now. His times of dark hair are past. As his hair and beard get greyer, he wants to tell the next generation to enjoy life while they are living it, because the prime of life does not last. He does not want them to forget that they are accountable before God for what they do, but he does not want them to miss out on living life either. He tells them that as long as they realize their accountability, they should go where they feel like going, and see what they want to see. Enjoy life!
LORD, give us the wisdom to walk with integrity, without losing the joy of completely experiencing life.