How Would You Live The Last Day Of Your Life?May 08, 2023
Many of us go through a regular day with routines. You wake up after snoozing the alarm a few times, rush out the door to get to work. You do whatever your job duty requires. You go home, have dinner, interact with your family, and go to bed. Sometimes you do not think too much about your day.
Are you intentional about your day? What is your goal in life?
One of my friends, James, was probably one of the most pleasant human beings to be around. His smile was contagious. He was very health conscious and exercised regularly. When we were in our early 20s, he even got me to play mud volleyball (I don’t really know how to play any ball games, except for tennis)! He was a man of God. Although not everyone got his humor, it was certainly a delight to have him in the midst. His authenticity shone through his everyday routine. He would never hesitate to help someone in need.
James passed away suddenly one day, in his mid-forties. Many of his friends, including me, did not understand why such a healthy person would be taken prematurely. While struggling to process this news, it got me thinking about my life, or our lives in general.
No one knows exactly when our lives on the Earth will end. You have probably heard multiple times to live your life to the fullest, as if every day is the last day of your life.
What does that exactly mean?
I think to live life to the fullest has a different meaning for each person. However, it can start with envisioning what your favorite version of the day is. Remind yourself what your values are. What do you care most about? All of a sudden, the daily routine of rushing, hustling, complaining, blaming or bickering – they do not seem important or necessary anymore.
How do you want to feel? What are your favorite emotions to experience?
For me, it is love, content and gratitude. I want to feel at peace no matter what happens. These are the feelings I want to bring with me on my last day in this world. No regrets because I did my best. I do things out of love and I am ready to receive love from others. I am content with what I have and what is given to me. I am grateful for my life, for all the ups and downs, for all the learning opportunities, for all the growth I experienced.
Whatever our regular day of life is like, for most of us, it serves as a means to achieve what we want our favorite lives to be. The feelings I want to have most of the time – as I understand that it is impossible to have positive emotions all the time, unless you are not human.
What are your values? How would you like to live your values on the last day of your life? Think in terms of the different aspects of your life.
Spiritually – where do you want to be? I believe in my Creator and I desire a deeper relationship with Him.
Family – out of all the hustle and bustle, I want to spend time with my family, enjoy small talks, stay in the moment.
Other aspects of life include your legacy, health, business/career, finance, personal development, social network, and fun factor.
If we look into ourselves and ask those questions, explore what we truly value, then we can start carving our lives using those as our guide.
Thank you, James, for being my friend. Thank you for being you. As you are watching us from heaven, I will continue to remember your goofy smile and your always positive attitude. I will always remember your helping hand and how you bring people together.
Are you ready to stop feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Are you ready to have more time to do what you want?