I am sure you have heard this question before …
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do differently today?
If there are any constants in life, ironically they are that things will change, and life is very fleeting!
You could live until you’re 100, and receive a letter of congratulations from the Queen. Or you may check out a lot younger than that.
There is absolutely no way we can know when our number will be up.
We Actually Fear The Journey Towards Our Dreams:
So why do so few of us live our lives like it’s our last day on earth?
Why are humans experts at being lazy and procrastinating?
I am not talking about trivial things; I am talking about those things in our lives that are truly important to us … those things that truly reflect who we are on the inside.
If you found out that you were going to die tomorrow, would you have any regrets?
I bet most of us would … I certainly would!
I am not talking about all of those things that you think you will miss out on; I am talking about the things you could have done.
Like, spend more time with your family and friends.
Started that business you always dreamed of or started learning that new skill that always interested you.
It doesn’t even need to be something grandiose; it often is those smaller and precious moments that you would miss the most.
So how do we change?
How do we start living a life we can be truly proud of?
Well start by remembering life is all about the little victories.
It is great to dream big, and we always should. But it is all about the journey along the way.
Savor the challenge and the journey along the way, and don’t be so heavily focused on the result.
Each moment is when life is lived, not forever in the future when you think you will be fulfilled and happy.
We often have these great big plans, but get overwhelmed by how much effort we have to put in to achieve these dreams.
We then let our daily lives distract us from our dreams, to avoid having to put in the effort, and provide ourselves with an excuse for not achieving them.
You will always be afraid of things in life. Fear is a natural and essential dimension of the mind.
But if you follow your passion, and align with those things you truly want in life, you ultimately won’t care about the end result, and will enjoy the journey with all its ups and downs along the way.
What Does It Mean To Live A Meaningful Life?
Growing up my father was a businessman, and was friends with a lot of self-employed people.
These friends had all enjoyed success in their respective businesses, but not without years of ups and downs that come with the territory.
But now being later in their lives, they are all shifting into retirement.
When you sit and listen to these people talk, they will always speak of the adventures they had, challenges they had to face and achievements they accomplished.
They talk about the journeys they had with such passion and happiness, and wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.
To them the end goal of financial success has become a consolation prize, the journey they had along the way has become the greatest reward for them.
The ups and downs are a part of every aspect of life, we are OK with the good parts, but the inevitable bad parts are what keeps us from living a life that we truly enjoy.
Now you don’t have to be a self-employed business person to live a full life; the point is if you want to have no regrets, go and do those things in life that allow you to express your joy.
Accept that everything in life has its positives and negatives …. including your desires, but that is all part of the experience.
That is how you create a meaningful life, and live with no regrets.
So start that hobby or business, or start training to change careers. Ask that person out who you always liked.
Just remember to enjoy the journey each step of the way!