“The fear of death follows the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
Have you ever asked yourself, “If I was to die right now, how would I feel like?”
I recall briefly thinking about it myself, from time to time.
Frankly, I can say that my answer is quite straightforward “I’d feel like crap”.
In the midst of all the chaos in our lives, gaining perspective by asking such questions can be truly inspiring and motivating.
Slogans such as “YOLO” though, in my opinion, miss the point.
It’s not necessarily about doing certain things, it’s more about feeling certain things.
You will never be truly happy when you get your fancy car, your dream house or your 6 figure job. Those things are important goals, but they do not matter at the end of the day (or life).
Personal development is all about improving ourselves, reaching our goals and making a difference. But we would be wise to remember, that true fulfillment comes from experience, and specifically social-emotional-relationship experience.
Those laughs with your best friends, the look in your significant other’s face, those warm hugs you give your family members (at least you should), helping complete strangers, those are the things that truly matter. Those are the things that you are going to remember on your deathbed when you ask yourself that last question “Was I happy?”
It is daunting to think that one day we will cease to exist, but we should be empowered by that knowledge, not frightened.
Seize the day.