Start Living Like You Were Dying

On Friday I met up with an old friend, I hadn’t seen him in a couple years but oddly enough it seemed we were in a similar place in our lives. We talked for over an hour and during our discussion he brought up a song he’d been listening to recently. Now I’m not a huge fan of country but it was Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying” and it got me thinking.

If I knew tomorrow wasn’t going to come

Last year when I had a close member of my family suddenly pass it really hit home as to how fast life can come and go. I can remember how soon after it happened I started to talk a lot about how short life is, and how I need to make the most of it. This didn’t happen right away, in fact I would say it wasn’t until recently that I actually started to follow this. I’ve brought up the fact in other articles that tomorrow isn’t promised, but what if we actually new when life would be over? Would it change our minds about things, I know for me it would and in some ways I’ve adapted this train of thought. When it comes to work I’ve started looking at work I actually enjoy, and I’m working towards my dream of beginning my own business. I’ve started to appreciate friends and family more, and getting together with them more. Too many of us just go through the motions, saying things like I’ll get to it tomorrow, or next week, or next month. In my case this has led to me missing out on many opportunities, or put them aside for far too long. The saying hindsight is 20/20 is so incredibly true, unfortunately we don’t actually have the ability to go back and change things. Sometimes though we are given second chances in life. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to chase my passions, and believe me chase them I will.

Being more conscious of what I want

This mindset I’ve adapted has caused me to really be more conscious of what I want out of life. It is part of the reason I didn’t run to another full-time job as soon as I got laid off, or why I haven’t taken one yet. Of course it would be easy to do so, and maybe it would be the better choice. Sometimes though it’s about taking a chance, and in this case I’m taking a chance on me. I know there is this passion inside of me that has been suppressed for a very long time, a drive that has been held back. It is definitely starting to peek out, and it’s only a matter of time before it completely explodes. I’ve been waking up earlier and trying to get more out of my day so that I can achieve the things I want. It is easy to let society tell you what to do, or how to do things but I understand better now that we’re all unique individuals. If we don’t do the things that we want, we’re essentially like robots and eventually the batteries will run out. Rather than that we can feed the fire inside of us, fuel it and keep ourselves running full speed ahead. In my case it took a couple of major events like the loss of a family member and loss of a job to become more conscious of myself. If anything I would hope that it doesn’t take that for everyone, as it should really only take the realization your life won’t last forever. At the end of the day there is no life more important than your own, and it is the only one that you have complete control of.

The hook of Tim McGraw’s song talks about doing all the things you wanted to do during your life because you know it’s about to end. He talks of loving deeper, speaking sweeter, and going sky diving to name a few. Rather than wait until it’s too late, maybe it’s time we all started to do these things now.

Until Tomorrow

Brian Almeida