Thursday, January 24, 2013


With yet another person in the family passing away, I find myself in that, by now, familiar zone of reflecting on all the things I haven't finished, that I want to, before I die. I imagine being told that I have 2 months to live. What would I do? What would I finish?

This state is very similar to the days leading up to a long vacation. The time when you're the most productive because you want to finish things so that you can get them out of the way and enjoy your vacation without worries.

I want to feel this way all the time. I want to always be dying finishing.


Angelin said...

I remember one of the tool driving me being a girl was, Remembering that I'll will be married soon, so let me sum up some lists before that.

Angelin said...

Yes. I agree "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool"

3rd lesson of the Steve Job's 2005 Stanford Commencement address says,

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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. ...

Sandeep Shetty said...

Angelin, Thanks for stopping by and sharing, and reminding me to get around to reading that talk by Steve Jobs.