Remember — at the end of it all, you die
You’re going to die, so…
A)… every day counts
If the result of life is death, the implied purpose of this sentence is to live while you are alive.
During a rough period in my life I didn’t know or care what day it was. The 4th? The 17th? Monday? Saturday?
It didn’t matter. They were all the same — one boring, bland blur. I was 24 at the time. Then I woke up the next day and I was 26. How did that happen?
Today is February 2, 2017. It is the only February 2, 2017 I will ever have. The day you are reading this is a precious and unique event. You will never have another one exactly like it. You will never get a do over.
I had to literally acknowledge each day to snap out of my indifference. Every morning, I wrote the day. I wrote pages and pages like a crazy person.
At least in that moment, I wasn’t taking life for granted.
I’ve actually expanded this into a *slightly* less crazy daily practice)
B) …all you have dies with you.
You leave it in other people.
I am no more likely to make a real, lasting impact in 400 people than I am 4,000, so I spend most of my time focused on about 4.
Think about this — the most powerful human beings in the world have now been reduced to trivia questions. Their ideas are only still around because other people cared enough to take that idea and pass it along to the next generation.
Even if you don’t “change the world,” what if you just created a better environment for your grandchildren.
Wouldn’t that be worth it?
C) …do stuff you like
All sustainable things are enjoyable on some level.
You may be planning to change your career one day. You may be planning to write the novel one day.
You dream about the could be while battling with the is.
Dushka Zapata is one of my favorite writers. She is so powerful. One of my favorite posts of hers said:
“My dad had a lot of adventures when he was younger. He was going to put them all in a book one day.
Then he got dementia. All those memories, all those adventures, all those ideas — gone forever.”
Do what you are passionate about today. Start now.
You could be gone tomorrow.
Don’t miss this week’s episode of Finish Friday^