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I think we’d all wish in those last 24 hours for a little more time to live. A little more time to reflect on our entire lives and to remember the good and bad times.
We’d regret so much of our poor decisions that took away so much important time in our lives.Strangers helping each other through tough times, friends sharing fun and memorable moments, people working collectively all over the world to make life better little by little. We cannot be generous without knowing what being selfish is.We cannot fully enjoy life without understanding our inevitable death.You’ll never know where you end up or what you’ll accomplish in the next few years. Innocent people will die for malicious causes, be exploited, tortured and starved to death.You’ll never know who you will befriend, what you will experience, how you will feel…Life is full of happiness. Life for humans will always be a fluctuating experience. We cannot be good without knowing what being bad is.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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. Because almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure… You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart. Even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there. If you only had 24 hours to live, you wouldn’t ever think about laying on your bed all day eating Doritos, watching mindless content on Youtube or scrolling through Instagram all day.You’d realize how much time you’d spent on things you never cared about which made you feel good in the present, but would never amount to anything in the future.When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me…and since then, for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.”And whenever the answer has been, “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Right now, the new is you, but someday not to long from now you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.