It’s easy to get caught up in the worrisome nature of the everyday human life. We’re conscious, and because of our powerful brains, we tend to utilize our unique gift in all of the wrong places. Like stressing out and losing sleep over all of the little things that keep us up at night.
A recent story I wrote told the tale of a man who was helping build tiny homes for the homeless folks in his local community of Oakland, California. One of his main observations after helping people who had nothing to their name was that they had less to complain about and were generally more fun people to spend time with than those who seemed to have it all.
What truly matters to you in this life? Do you even know? Many of us spend hours and hours in deep self-reflection hoping to find answers that will give us peace, but it seems that once your entire being becomes jeopardized, the answers become all too clear. We’re only on this planet for a blink of an eye. Lift isn’t about how long you live, it’s about what you do while you’re living.
Read this letter from a dying 24-year-old man, internalize it, and realize that you want your life to be shaped by the choices you had the courage to make, not the ones you didn’t:
“I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear to my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.
The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions. The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.
Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized:
- Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
- It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you‘re a legend.
- Take control of your life Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.
- Appreciate the people around you Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.
It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.
I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.
We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs, and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears. I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it.
You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life. I hope you will make the right choice.
Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever. Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe.
So, enjoy your time here with a passion.Make it interesting. Make it count!
By Seth M
Credits: Expanded Consciousness