Upon walking out of my apartment, I read a message taped to the door: YOU COULD DIE TODAY.
I put it there as a reminder. A reminder that dreams are still possible, because it wasn’t that long ago that I was in a little town across the country sleeping on a couch in a mobile home with only forty seven dollars in my bank account.
Sorry. I couldn’t resist.
Jokes aside, I put it there to remind me of these points:
- Life is short. Time speeds up as you get older. The message helps to slow it down.
- This is my story. If I’m living my life for someone else, then I know something’s gotta change. If I’m unfulfilled, then I know something’s gotta change. I’m forced to ask the question: What do I really want? Which in turn gives me a direction.
- Accept mortality. Fear of death = fear of life. Living in a cage of fear is not living. It’s surviving. Cue the Captain from Wall-E.
- All is vanity. The sun will go supernova. I’m going to die, and it will be as if I’ve never lived. This is it. It’s fascinating and mysterious. Life purpose aside, appreciate experience for experience’s sake.