Just A Friendly Reminder: You're Dying
If this seems like a dim and gloomy article to you, you might have a problem. If this article seems morbid or pessimistic to you, you really might have a problem. If this article comes as a surprise to you, you definitely have a problem and should probably have a conversation with someone about this.
To anyone who might not know this, at some point in the future you are going to die. It is a ticket that we bought right when we came into this life. We don’t know when or how far away that event is, but it is inevitable.
It's Crazy That We Forget
Isn’t it crazy? It is probably the most dramatic thing we learn when we are young. It’s something that we don’t fully comprehend still to this day.
It is surprising that our lives aren’t revolving around the idea that, one day, we are going to die. It should be involved in every decision we make.
There are no minutes, hours, days, months, or years. There is only the time that we have left.
We don’t know what happens after we go for sure. We have things that we believe might be true, but that is as far as it goes. How are we not consulting this fact on a daily basis? I encourage you to think about how different you would behave if you really can to terms with the concept of dying. How would you treat your day to day differently? How would you change the way that you make decisions?
We Forget How Crazy It Is
We Are Alive. What is Alive? I’m trying not to get all acid-trippy on you, but humor me. We still don’t really know what it means to be alive. We were born into life thinking, “What is this?!”. Everyone had their theories, but we still don’t know for sure. Then, one day we just decided that it wasn’t interesting anymore—You’re alive. Yea and?— We don’t care anymore, even though we have no idea what’s going on.
Sometimes I play a game. When I’m walking around or in public, I pretend that I was just born. I have all my thoughts and capabilities, but I pretend that I just sprung into existence. I ask myself a few weird questions, make some awkward eye-contact, then we’re back to normal.
It really is weird, this thing we are experiencing, living in these meat vehicles. Using dead protein cells on our head as fashion. We have clothes! Smacking our lips to communicate. (I know I sound absolutely nuts right now) But now, that’s just a day in the life.
What is Life Made of?
In the beginning, its time. That’s all we have in the beginning. We have so much time that we don’t know what to do with it. We need that time, too. We have to learn how to walk, talk, and poop in a toilet. Some things were harder to learn than others.
It was easy to stay present at the beginning of our lives. We didn’t have a past, and the future wasn’t even a concept to think about. We have the moment we were in and what we were doing at that moment. That is why it was easy to learn so much in a short period of time. We didn’t have the concept of self-deprecating. We just kept trying. We never fell over and thought, “Well, walking might just not be for me”. We just kept doing it. We didn’t feel the pressure that we put on ourselves now.
If we were able to rid ourselves of the self-deprecating pressures that we put on ourselves now, we would be able to learn and work effortlessly. We would just go. No mental anguish. No negative self talk. Just progress.
In the end, its memories. That is what we have when we start to run out of time. A life filled with memories seems to last forever. While boring times seem to last an eternity while they are happening, there really isn’t much to remember afterward. It is our memories that give us a grip on time.
If you forgot everything from ages 10-20, it would seem to flash by in an instant. To make life last longer, make as many memories as possible. Don’t grow old wondering where the time went. Good or bad, make memories so that the time you get is plenty.
Are You Chasing Success or Are You Successful
Too many people believe or see success as this finish line that they need to cross. They see it as something that they need to achieve, and once they do they can coast on it. Once they succeed, they made it. This is the problem with today’s standard of success as many of you already know.
Success is not a status. Success is an action. We can be successful one day, and not the next. What success is to each person is different, but success is a daily action. It is ongoing. Are you doing something you love? Are you with people who love you? Are you enjoying your time here on earth while you still have it? Success is not a race to the finish line. Success is a song, and you were supposed to sing and dance while the music is playing.
How you spend your day is how you spend your life. That’s all life is, an accumulation of days. Be conscious about how you spend each day of your life. That is what your life consist of. Spend your days being successful instead of waiting for success to happen.
We Think We have Time
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” —Buddha
We always think we have time until it’s too late. We spend our days believing that we can push things off until tomorrow, then suddenly we look back and wonder where the time went. We think oh if I started when I was younger… the we never do. Don’t wait. Not a second on this earth is guaranteed to anyone. Don’t wait for tomorrow or next year. There is just now and the time that you have left. Go.