It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
So how do we want to live our life. Do we want to say that there is no point in changing the way we live our life or is there a different way to look at life?
Some things might help.
1. If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently? Richard Leider asked this question to many people and the answers he got were surprisingly similar:
- Make sure you take regular ‘time out’ to look at the bigger picture, and to work out what you want from life. Don’t get caught up in the rat race of life and wait for a crisis to make you step back and re-visit what your priorities are.
- Be more courageous and take more risks. Learn, grow, stretch yourself and explore.
- Work out, as early as possible, what will make you genuinely fulfilled in life. Success is often measured in external ways(like your house or your job), but the internal measure of how happy you feel is far more important.
2. This is how we spend our time( assuming we live for 80 years)- see the figure below:
So 50% of our time is spent in the above activities. So if we are 30 years old, we essentially have only 25 years left.(80-30=50, 50% of 50 is 25 ). Is this the way we want to spend our time? Or is there a better way?
You can decide to seize the day today. Sort out your priorities today and do what is important to you. Life is precious and cannot be taken for granted. It is not what happens to you that counts, but what you do about it.
Imagine you have 24 hours to live:
- What would you do?
- Who would you want to speak to?
- What would you want to say to them?