Steve Jobs once said, “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.”
Globally, one person dies every second. Many of these deaths are unanticipated, which means that they were not expecting to die that day. Something happened that they did not for see. It could have been a car accident, a shooting, or a disease of some sort. No matter the cause, there is no getting around the fact that tomorrow is never promised for any of us.
Many of us go through life expecting a next year or a next week or expecting the same opportunity to present itself again some other time. The life expectancy of an opportunity is unknown. Throughout my life I have come to understand that we regret the things we do not do. Missing out on opportunities because of laziness, fear or lack of hope are what bring about regret. We allow so many people to challenge our hopes and dreams and eventually, we come to believe the naysayers.
Ultimately, I believe we all have purposes not just a singular purpose in life. One person can be a soldier, mother, philanthropist, a writer, an inventor and a wife all in one life time. We all have the capacity to achieve what matters to us but so many of us die with that passion. The cemetery is overflowing with untapped potential. It is easy to say that we are only human, however, human beings are the most amazing beings thus far.
This world is not as negative as we may think it is. Everyday people are saving others from committing suicide or inventing new gadgets or healing others. The internet is flooded with examples of positivity; so saying that the world is full negativity is a chosen perspective that will only hinder people from achieving their goals.
Death helps us to combat procrastination and fear. Knowing that death can happen right now fuels me to continue pursuing my desires with the utmost tenacity. I hope that reading this impels you to act on your dreams now and not decades from today.
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