If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you be satisfied with the way you lived today?
If you knew today was your last day, would you continue with your daily routine?
It’s easy to get complacent in the monotony of our daily routines, as humans are creatures of habit. The Stoic concept of Memento Mori — remember you must die — is a great daily reminder that it is never certain you will wake up to see tomorrow.
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”Steve Jobs
The practice of a constant reminder of death as inevitable might seem morbid, but it is among the most useful techniques to live fully for today. The reality of death as a fate no human can escape gives all the reason to live each day fully.
Knowing that life is temporary, and your possessions, transitory, bring on the awareness that you will eventually leave everything behind. Death isn’t something that happens all of a sudden; it is a process that begins at birth. Slowly throughout a lifetime, we are all dying one day at a time.
The recognition of death doesn’t have to be seen through the negative lens people often perceive it through. We can use the recognition of death as inspiration for living fully today.
Carpe Diem — Seize the Day
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”James Dean
Time is a precious gift; once spent, there is no more time to be made. The hourglass only flows in one direction. Once you spend your time on something, you can never take it back.
You only have so much time in life, but there is no way to know how much time you have left. There is no meter; there is no account balance; there is no determined amount.
You know there are 24 hours in a day, but the hours and days left are uncertain. The one thing about time you can be sure of in life is you are alive right now.
“Forever is composed of nows.” -Emily Dickinson
A lifetime is an accumulation of single days. You are alive today, so why not make the most of your day while you have the chance?
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
Would you scroll through social media, or would you be writing and sharing your perspective for the people you will eventually leave behind?
Would you watch the news through a TV screen, or would you experience the world for yourself?
Would you hold a grudge against someone you love or once loved, or would you make amends and move on?
If you could live forever knowing you could not fail, what would you strive to achieve?
Are your dreams and ambitions set toward a life of passion and purpose?
Are you working on something beneficial for yourself, for society, or for the people you love?
If not, how can you create a day that resonates with the qualities of a life you knew would end tomorrow, with the dreams as if you would live forever?
To live a day as if it is your last, with the dreams and ambition that you will live forever, is a day well spent.
A lifetime is an accumulation of single days, and a day well spent is the precursor to a life well-lived. Today’s journey is your life, as tomorrow is never promised.
Memento Mori, remember you must die. So, live fully for today.
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”Albert Camus