Life as a terminal illness?

“There  is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less  than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson  Mandela

Someone recently forwarded me an e-mail asking if I knew I only had a few months to live, ‘what would you do?’  For most of us, we would do more of the things which are meaningful and bring us joy, whether it is traveling, spending time with our friends and family, or exploring nature; and quit doing those things which make us unhappy, such as being in relationships which drain us or a job  that  makes us cringe.

Let me break it to you gently: Life is a terminal!  Your time is limited.  It is going to end sooner or later.  So don’t waste precious time doing things which are meaningless to you.  Don’t study finance when what you really want to do is become an actor.  Stop caring so much what others think while your dreams die a silent death. 

We have one life, one precious life, yet we act as though we will live forever.  We hold on with a firm grip to that which does not serve us until we have it all figured out to make a change or until retirement when we will have all the time and money to do as we wish.  When you think of it, as a society we live in a very counter-intuitive way.

One of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is starting with the end in mind.  What do you want your legacy to be?  When you pass on, what is it that you want to be remembered for?  What contributions do you want to make?  What dreams do you have?  What kind of person do you want to be?  Start now!  Live your dreams.  Be that person.  Your life will be so much richer for having lived authentically.