When I was 17, I read a quote
that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last,
someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and
since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning
and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do
what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too
many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in
almost everything – all external
expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or
failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only
what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best
way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are
already naked. There is no reason not to
Your time is
limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by
dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't
let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most
important, have the courage to follow
your heart and
intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.