We’re all going to die.
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We’re all going to die.
Ya, that’s right, I said it. We’re all going to die.
Not only is it going to happen, but it’s going to happen pretty soon.
No, I didn’t discover another Mayan calendar and I don’t think global warming is going to get us THAT quickly, but I do think this list (of countries by life expectancy) gives us a pretty good idea of how much time we’ve got left.
Although I hate looking at averages to make a point, I am going to do it here.
Not because I think the numbers are accurate, but because I think what’s more important than arguing about whether we’re going to live to 60, 70, 80 or 90 years old is that fact that we’re only going to live 60, 70, 80 or 90 years old.
I don’t know about you, but 80 years doesn’t seem like very long to me.
Kind of sucks, doesn’t it?
You know, the fact that we’re going to die.
Well, it might not be that bad and I think it depends on how we look at things.
Option 1: There is no point to life. It doesn’t matter what I do, I will never make a difference in this world. My existance is meaningless. It’s almost over, anyway, so there’s no point in trying.
Option 2: Okay, so I’ve got one chance, encapsulated in 80 years of existence, to have a great time and do as much as I possibly can.
I choose option 2, what about you?
Side note: Although I agree that our existence as an entire species is meaningless, I don’t agree that we can’t individually or collectively make a difference in the world. Imagine Martin Luther King Jr. had thought that way?
(Yes, I like Eminem…)
“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted…one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” – Eminem, Lose Yourself
Mr. Mathers brings up a good point.
If we only have one life (which I believe we do), one opportunity, to get everything we’ve ever wanted, what are we going to do?
Chase our dreams?
Or let them die with us?
The answer seems pretty clear to me.
Make it Count
Unfortunately, we’re not going to live forever. (I know, I know, we’ve already established this.)
Instead of looking at this situation in a negative way, let’s look at the positive side.
Realizing and being conscious of the fact that we don’t have a second chance or a “do-over” and that our time on earth is finite should help us take advantage of the opportunity we have.
If we don’t live the life of our dreams this time around, we never will.
This is our chance to go for it, take risks, make mistakes and come out of every situation stronger than when we went into it.
The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
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1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2) I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I’m not sure EXACTLY what I want in life, but I know that I don’t want to have any regrets, especially not these ones.
So now, for fun, let’s imagine ourselves in a bed. Dying. (I’m not trying to be depressing, I promise. I think it’s really important to think about this stuff.)
What do you want your final thoughts to be?
Here’s what I’d like to be thinking:
“I tried my absolute best. I went all in and did everything I could think of to get what I wanted (whatever that may have been). I made the most of my time, not because I changed the world, but because I experienced much of what it had to offer.”
Side note: Attempting to change the world is something the world has to offer. I think trying to change the world is a lot more important than ACTUALLY changing it. (If that’s one of your goals.)
Essentially, I would like to die the same way that I lived, happy with myself and with the decisions I’ve made.
This is our chance to take advantage of everything that life has to offer.
We can’t let anyone (including ourselves) or anything hold us back because we never know when our time will run out.
So, how many years do you have left?
How are you going to make the most of that time?
And what do you want your final thoughts to be?
ps. I also think it’s fine to have some days where you hate life and think about how meaningless it is. I have those days and so does EVERYONE around us. It’s normal and part of the process. I don’t we should let those kind of days discourage us. They should just ENcourage us to take advantage of the good/great/awesome days.