If I knew the exact day I was going to die, I would make a list working backward from that day to today of all the things I want to do before I leave this world.
Things like walk barefoot through a field of tulips (yellow tulips are my favorite flowers), watch the sunset from Antu Danda in Nepal, spend a winter in a cabin in the Adirondacks reading great books, walk the Promenade des Anglais hand-in-hand with someone I love, spend a month learning to surf in Baja, Mexico, attempt to meet Joan Didion, write the book I have inside of me…you know…experiences…the kind that make up a life well lived.
I’d probably spend a lot more time hiking alone in nature. Afterall, I wouldn’t have to fear being attacked by a bear or a lion – I’d already know that wasn’t my day to die.
And when that day did come – I’d have made sure to tell the people I loved how much I loved them. And not just at the end. I’d tell them every time I saw them.
I would know exactly how much time I had left. I’d even have a giant countdown board where I would countdown the days, hours, minutes. With the goal to not waste a drop of precious time.
I would be brave, daring, and fearless. Full of energy, passion, spirit, and drive.
So the question is – what is stopping me from living life like that now? What is stopping you?
“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” William James