Most of us go through life running away from what we really want to do. How many of us can say “Oh—what a wonderful Monday morning. I am so looking forward to going back to work?” You can? Then I suspect you are having an affair either with your boss or your secretary or a colleague (added after J's comment! :-))—or you must belong to that rare breed who really love their jobs!
Often a brush with mortality is what it takes to serve as a wake up call. If you are in your twenties, things like death and ‘living life to the fullest’ will probably be the last things on your mind. You are busy in your first or second jobs, buying a home, a car, finding the right person to spend the rest of your lives with. If you are in your thirties, you probably have a home, maybe kids and are trying to raise them. If in, forties and fifties maybe you have established yourself in your chosen career (or at the very least decided what you want to do) and maybe coping with a myriad issues, realizing fast that youth does not last forever and you better start exercising if you don’t want age related problems catching up.
Do any of us really do what we always wanted to? Do we love (and no, its not a typo) like today is the last day on earth? Most of us don’t. It is hard to shake ourselves out of the comfort zone and patterns that we have got into.It is easier to not think, and to just continue with life as it exists.
When my dad died suddenly it was a BIG wake up call for me. I realized that life can end—just like that in a matter of seconds. It is so unpredictable. Suddenly a lot of things fell into perspective. There was now an urgency to do things that I always wanted to do, but kept putting off, due to the daily business of living.
That weekend, we went paragliding. It was exhilarating, invigorating, thrilling. For the first time in years, I felt truly alive. I had blogged about it here. (in case you want to read) Those are pictures of me getting ready to take off.
I was so happy that I did something that had been on my list for ages.( I now have a list of 100 things that I must do before I die and I am ticking off items as and when I finish them.)
Nobody can predict tomorrow. One can meet with an accident or get an illness. Today if one is hale and hearty, one has to grab life. Really GRAB it—otherwise it will slip away.
If today was your last day on earth, what would you do? Think about it and tell me.(Tell me at least 5 things) I would love to know. (It is also a great thinking exercise and it puts a lot of things in perspective.)
Then live each day, as if it really was. Trust me-- Happiness is guaranteed.