practical ideas to live like you were dying

Recently I came across a song called Live Like You Were Dying. Even though I’m not a big Country music fan, the title of the song caught my eye. There is a certain profoundness in living your life as if you were dying.

Ironically, as tough as it may sound, we are dying. Our life is finite even as we try to push that thought away. But is this really a bad thing to be aware of? I think there is much that can be gained from embracing our reality as it is, and living the life to its fullest.

Abraham Lincoln was quoted saying: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Get It Done

All of us, myself included, have things that we’ve been putting off doing. It’s easy to justify not having the time or money to get something done. But often it’s those dreams that are the most valuable ones to pursue.

My advise is to throw caution to the wind and get it done now! You will never have any more time than you do right now. Sure, you may have more resources one day, but there will always be something else to spend them on.

Many years ago, I backpacked across Europe. I was only there for one month. I could have easily passed up on that trip. But to this day, it’s one of the most memorable things that I’ve done. Revisit your dreams and get them realized!

Seize The Moment

Opportunities come and go. It’s common to live life on auto pilot. For example, you may feel content with your current job. It pays OK and you feel comfortable because you know it well. Theoretically, you can remain there until retirement.

But what if with just a little more effort you could get a new job that changed your life by being more challenging, enlightening and even with better pay? Sure you would need some time to learn and adapt to it, but it would make your life so much more rewarding and meaningful.

By keeping yourself open to changes and new opportunities, you allow abundance to enter your life. Abundance of growth and new experience. So get out of your comfort zone and seize the moment.

Don’t Give Up

If you actually only had a short time to live, would you give up on accomplishing something that was very important to you? So why give up now that you have the time? This is the perfect time to keep going.

If you believe in your goals strongly enough, you owe it to yourself to see them through. It makes no difference if the goals are big or small. Don’t allow yourself to give up. You need to experience accomplishments and closure in life.

Unfinished projects and unaccomplished goals can be a source of regret. In my files, I have a list of goals both from the past and for the future. When I have a lighter plate in front of me, I go back to that file and pull out a goal.

I determine the very next action that needs to be taken toward accomplishment of that goal. If it takes less than two minutes, I will do it on the spot. If it takes more, I put it on my to do list. Once that action has been taken, I move on to the next action. And so on.

Understand Yourself

So we live, and try to understand this life and our role in it. And it takes us years to get to know ourselves. In discovering ourselves, we inevitably come to a point when we have to accept who we are. And what determines who we are? Is it our culture? Our profession? Our believes?

Well, everyone is different and every answer is unique. But when all is said and done, you’ll find yourself standing on the edge of infinity looking back at your life and your deeds. And I hope you like what you see.

So today, take a good look at yourself. Try to understand your purpose and embrace who you are inside. And use the time you have left to explore and evolve and grow. And use this time as an opportunity to live life like you were dying.

Live well. Vlad

2 Responses to practical ideas to live like you were dying

  1. Noch Noch | be me. be natural. January 25, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    hi Vlad

    Agree with all the above – though I’d caution that living life as if we were dying sometimes, for some people, induce some irresponsibility. We become careless and reckless since we think life is short anyways and it won’t matter. So I’d balance that out a little… :)

    Noch Noch

    • Vlad January 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Noch,

      I agree.

      Accountability and responsibility with ourselves should always be present. The idea behind the concept is to live right – no matter how much time we have.

      Thank you for your thoughts! :-)