“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
– James Dean
James Dean instructs us to live as if you’ll die today. Wonderful sentiment, but how many of us really do live life to the fullest NOW? A lot of us say, I’ll live life to the fullest when I (fill in the blank) – when I win lotto, when I get that new job, when I find my soul mate . . .
I’ve been reading a memoire by a friend of mine (check out her inspirational blog, Lois McCullough) This memoire, and her blog to some extent, chronicle the journey of a woman who nurses her dying husband, and then has to deal with the grief but continute to stay present and be there for her young sons. It’s a brave and honest account of one woman’s experience dealing with the death of a loved one.
Lois’s memoire But You Cope So Well has been a great reminder to me to stay present and to live as if I might die today, and to cherish those I love because they might die today as well. It’s not easy staying in that place, so many little things get in the way. But in my opinion if we don’t do it now, it easily could be too late.
While contemplating all of this – death, living life to the fullest, appreciating my own life and the lives of those I love – I did some research and found this remarkable woman, Candy Chang. She mirrors my sentiments when she says: “Thinking about death clarifies your life.”
Please take the time to watch this short TED Talk. Her talk, Before I Die I Want To is moving and inspirational.
Please let me know how you fill in your own blank: Before I Die, I Want To . . . . And as always thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.