“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” – Tecumseh
I’m going to tell you something scary. Ready?
We all die.
That’s it. We will all face death in the end. No do overs or bartering for time. This life will be over.
So what are you going to do about it?
If you are like most people I have met, myself included, you will be tempted to ignore this fact. We would all like to pretend that we have all the time in the world to waste, use, invest, or wish away. We spend hours upon hours watching television and Netflix, only to forget what we saw the last week. The average British person spends 8 years and 10 months watching television. The average American spends nearly 35 hours a week watching TV. That is a crazy amount of time!
Now, this isn’t a post that is bashing TV watching, goodness knows I love Leverage and A Series of Unfortunate Events as much as the next person. But I have heard it said many times that if you want to know someone’s priorities look at what they spend their time and money on. It’s true. Money is valuable but time is even more precious because we cannot earn, steal, barter, or inherit more. We have a limited supply of time and we do not even know how much we have left.
So how are you spending your time? Are you wasting it sitting in front of a television, watching someone else live their fake life with their scripted lines? Watching people argue and fight over politics? Trying to stay up to date on Twitter and Facebook? Watching unnecessary drama unfold and explode on reality TV shows?
Are you spending it with your loved ones? Your kids who can’t wait to grow up while you wish they could stay young forever? Your parents who you might not always agree with but won’t always have?
Are you spending it helping people or harming them? Encouraging others or gossiping about them? Lifting them up or tearing them down?
Are you simply existing or living to the fullest? Will you have lived your song?Will you be begging for more time to do things differently when death knocks at your door? Is fear keeping you from achieving what you are meant to do in this life? Are you living with purpose?
Think about it. Your life is meaningful. Purposeful. You are here for a reason. Live like it.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
– Mark Twain