If you knew you were going to die...

by Jack

Here is something we should all consider when deciding how to spend our day.

If you found out you were going to die, what would be most important to you? Going to the job you hate? The stack of bills? The sources of daily stress? The TV show that's on tonight?

Maybe what would become most important are all the things you have wanted to do, but keep putting off. All those dreams of adventure, of places to see and things to do.

Well guess what, you are going to die! It may not be for another 50 years, 30 years or 10 years. But, it might be tomorrow. We are all going to die and none of us know when.

I made the decision to stop putting off following my dreams. I made the decision to fully live everyday of the remaining years I have left. Ask me if I regret making that decision. You know my answer, absolutely not!

You can too. I know you can, because few people have any more responsibilities, or complexities in their lives than I had.

The people who love me all support me in my decision. Most of them envy me and would love to trade places.

I do not miss all the "toys", and the costs that came with them. I do not miss the churning in my gut when I signed dozens of payroll checks and paid many thousands in bills every month. I do not miss the tension headaches that I had for days at a time. I do not miss the unhappiness I felt some mornings contemplating the coming day.

I sit here beside my swimming pool, looking out at the ocean, in a pair of shorts, my Lab, Riley at my feet. And I say to you, whoever you are: You are going to die, start living now while you can!

Don't say, "I have bills", so did I. Don't say, "I have people who depend on me", so did I. Don't say, "I have no money, I can't afford it". You need far less money than you think you do and Stan knows ways to replace that job of yours.

Life may not be the party we had hoped it would be. But as long as we are here, we might as well dance.

Get off of your butt. Stop making excuses, start living today as if there might not be a tomorrow. You will be glad you did.

I sure am.

Stan's response: I couldn't have said it better Jack!

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Jun 07, 2010
If you knew...
by: Rob in AZ


Thank you for this! It is probably the biggest eye opener I have considered and it encourages me to go for what I want to do instead of sitting around waiting for something to happen.

Now, if I could just find the right beach....

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