This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I mean, whats the point of having a set goal in life for when your twenty five or even thirty? I hear people talking about the jobs they’ll get when they graduate and how stable it will be. I don’t want a stable life till I’m at least dead.
Im freaked out that if I achieve me goals early in life that I’ll have nothing to live for afterwards; and I know things move on, but I always want to want something, because I don’t want to just sit there and let my years pass by till I die. I want to feel desire constantly, I want to wake up and have no idea what will happen that day.
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 life. Because 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 follow your heart.