Normally we do not like to think about our own death. The thought can be frightening. Once I had an experience where I felt like I was close to death. That experience changed my perspective on life forever. I believe that everyone should take some time to think about their own death. It can have profound implications on how you live your life today.
Reminding yourself of your own mortality is one of the most powerful things you can do to motivate yourself to take action today. Here is how Steve Jobs put it in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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.” – Steve Jobs
This quote from Steve Jobs resonates with me very deeply. Once you have had an experience of being close to death, you start to look at life from this perspective as well. This ties in with the idea I have written about before of living your life the way you want to live it. We only have this one life, we should live life to the fullest and enjoy the gift of every day. Do not waste your life engaging in something you dislike daily in order to gain some potential reward in the future. That future may never arrive.
Imagine you are diagnosed with an incurable cancer and given months to live. Your life might get cut short by a tragic auto accident. Would you be happy with how you have lived your life? Did you fulfill those dreams that you had? Would you be satisfied with how you spent your last day on this earth? These are a few powerful questions to think about.
Do not give away days, weeks, months, and years of your life to fulfill the agenda of someone else. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing then make a change. Life is short and time can fly by before you know it. As time goes by you will want to look back on what you did being proud and satisfied with that you have accomplished. Work hard to achieve something great that you can personally be proud of. Do not waste this precious life. It is a gift.
©2020 – Richard Gillespie