Okay, so just as a warning, I’m going to be talking about some potentially negative things in this post. I’m all about positivity to the point of delusion, but I think every once in a while, some of us need something different. And I’d just like to qualify this warning by saying that I am bringing up things that can potentially be thought of as negative. I, however, think about them in a positive way. It’s all about taking the bad and making it good. Let us proceed.
What does your future hold? If you’ve been visualizing, staying positive, believing that you’ll get what you want, and finding opportunity in everything around you, your future holds everything you want and much, much more. Or does it?
There are only two things that dictate what we can accomplish: ourselves, and death. The terrifying thing is, none of us know when we are going to die. We all put it out of our heads but the reality is that it’s right there, all the time. It could be tomorrow, or the day after, or 60 years from now. We never know.
One of the greatest things you can remember is, “live each day as if it was your last.” Unfortunately this saying has become so cliched that it’s so easy to brush it off. So I ask you: stop, and think about it. If you REALLY knew that tomorrow was your last day to live, what would you do differently today? Would you still go to your 9-5 job? Would you still hold that grudge, or be nasty to that waitress, or flip somebody off in the car next to you? Would you worry about embarrassment or your mortgage or bills? No. The polls have been taken and the results are in. The answer is “no.”
So this begs the question, why are you doing those things today? You know you actually could die tomorrow. I mean actually. It happens unexpectedly. I think one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard is a parent who works their butt off for however many years, they waste so much time working and miss out on time with their families and vacations and hobbies, and then die right after they retire! I hear about it constantly, it seems. People work their lives away because of FEAR.
Fear might be a topic for another blog post entirely, but it needs to be addressed here as well. We’re all scared of failure, or rejection, of falling short. But if you knew you were going to die tomorrow (which you could), would you let fear stop you? What is your dream? Do you want to open a business? Maybe, but you’re scared and it’s really expensive and someday…and every other fear I’ve heard. Do you want to publish a book? Maybe, but you’re scared no one will like it, or it will get rejected by agents….blah blah blah. What do you want? And what are you scared of? You should be most fearful of living an unfulfilled life. Please, don’t let fear get to you. Zig Ziglar says that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. I love what Steve Jobs says when he talks about how we could die before we’re ready: “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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
You have greatness within you. You have to get it out into the world because you never know when “too late” is. “Someday” doesn’t exist, so do what makes you happy and live the life you want to live before it’s “too late.”