You are dying right now: this very second; you are getting older; your cells are dividing rapidly and nearing their maximum renewal rate; no one knows how much time they have left on earth.
How does it make you feel to think about the fact that our time on earth is limited? How does it feel to know that our life is not guaranteed and that it could end at any moment?
It should make you feel sad for the life you have wasted, it should make you want to consider what you are doing with that life right now.
Most of us repress the knowledge that we will die someday, instead putting off dealing with this troubling fact until we get sick or get old enough to car. The thing is… we all have to face the facts at some point: we are going to die.
If death is a guarantee, then shouldn’t we do our best to live a life that- at very least, provides us with some comfort from our death bed: death knowing that we did all we could, did our best, and at least we gave it one hell of a run.
In the words of Steve Jobs “… almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Many of us spend our entire lives running on autopilot, allowing our emotions and fears dictate to us how to live. We listen to internal doubts, negative criticism from others, and what the world collectively tells us to do.
When we allow the world to dictate our paths in life we give away our own personal dreams and ambitions.
A life is meant to be lived, not just to be continued on at any cost
Why do you think YOU are here on this planet? Are you just a random jumble of protons, neutrons, and electrons flying around at massive speeds? Are you just an accidental mass of flesh, on an accidental planet, in an accidental universe, or do you have a purpose?
Even if you believe that their is no purpose in life and we are all just a product of chance… then wouldn’t it stand to reason that we should enjoy our lives to the fullest while we are here?
No matter how you look at things, we only get one life, one chance, and one opportunity in this world.
We owe it to ourselves, the world, and the universe to give life our best shot.
We shouldn’t race others in life, but instead seek to become better everyday; we should seek to add value to the world instead of only taking from it… If the world is a better place when we die (because of our life) then our life was some sort of success.
We can chose to drain society: drain resources, hurt people, never reach our potentials or improve, and live a quiet life without ambition, or we can choose to enrich society with our own lives.
The first things we need to do are snap out of the place that we are in, start living, stop complaining, stop accepting negative thoughts and influences, and stop placing limits on ourselves.
So how do we make the most out of our life and really start living?
Laugh more, chase a dream, help someone, smile, take a risk, be willing to fail, improve yourself, learn more, hold open a door for someone or pay them a compliment, open your heart, fall in love, taste new foods, walk barefoot on a beach, travel the world, read a book, really look at something beautiful, think about all you have to be grateful for, or do something that you love…
Every day is a new day, a new opportunity to accomplish or set out to do anything in life that calls to you.
The phone is ringing today and on the other end is the person you always wanted to be: they are smarter, more fit, more successful, more disciplined, more skilled than you in every way; all they want to tell you is this: “Become better each day, reach for the stars, never accept negative beliefs about your potential, believe anything is possible, and take meaningful action each day… You never know what day could be your last”.
Are you going to answer the call?
Are you going to make today the day you get one step closer to that dream?
Is today your awakening or will you silence the call and go back to your mediocre and unfulfilled life?
Don’t be afraid to live.
If you want to really want to live a life worth living then you must be willing to risk everything
Love requires the risk of heartbreak. Success requires the risk of failure. Wealth requires the risk of poverty.
Everything in life that you want to experience requires some sacrifice, some effort, and some risk of failure to obtain it.
You are going to lose your life someday: the most precious thing that you possess-your life- will someday end.
Given that death is certain, and knowing that someday you will look back on your life with judgmental eyes…doesn’t it make the most sense to give it everything we’ve got? Shouldn’t we do our best with our today’s so that we won’t look back on our life with regret tomorrow?
The only thing to fear is a life not lived.
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”– Pope Paul VI, Italian Pope