In the recent tragedy and untimely passing of Nipsey Hussle, a friend of mine sent me a note about death and how regrettably, we don’t show our true admiration or love for each other until it’s too late. That got me to thinking about how we live each day; ignoring that we aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow. Most of us have this false sense of security that we have more time. Going through the day unknowingly telling ourselves that we have more time and unintentionally taking for granted that today could be our last day here. I thought to myself, what if I started each day with the question, if today was my last day here? How would I live it? What would I want to do? What would I want to say? How could I make the most of it? How can I make the greatest impact on the lives of others, specifically those around me? Do the people I love know that I love them? This message is not meant to bring you down or fear death. It’s meant to inspire all of us to think and live differently.
Can we take a minute to let that marinade? If we all lived each day as if it were are last, how different would our day be and our encounter with those around us? Would we stay in the same routine? Would we still work the same job? Make the same decisions/choices? Would we encounter people and situations the same way? I don’t think so. I would step out of the fear that holds me back from so much. I wouldn’t get caught up on the little things like running a few minutes late (which typically drives me crazy lol). I would embrace people and experiences differently. I would live truer to myself, my most authentic self. I would ask myself more questions throughout the day to make sure I was making the most of my day, encounters and interactions with others. I would take advantage of opportunities. I would take my time. I would smile more. I would worry less. I would make sure to tell the people I care about that I care about them. I would check on the people that I care about. I would be kinder to people even when they aren’t kind to me. I would care less about what I was wearing. I would care more about what I was doing that day to make a difference. I would care less about what people think. I would speak up when I felt inclined to instead of quieting my voice for fear of being rejected or misunderstood. I would be kinder to myself and less hard on myself. I would enjoy as much as I could; that piece of cake, the fresh air that I’m breathing in, the warmth of the sun shining on my face, the smiling face of a passing stranger, my feet hitting the ground as I walk. I would stop and help that person I may have felt too hurried to stop for. I would pick up the phone to clear up any unrest in my heart or the hearts of anyone I’ve loved. I would stop doing things that I didn’t want to do. I would stop feeling sorry for myself. I would stop focusing on what I don’t have and count the blessings that I do. I would get rid of the things and people that no longer belong in my life or deserve my attention any longer. I would be very clear and intentional about my day, my time, my pursuits, my hopes, my dreams. I would not be afraid to speak and be heard. I would speak up and out more. I would try something new. I would take a different route home. I would talk to a stranger. I would compliment more. I would speak from my heart more. I would encourage someone. I would stop worrying about being rejected. I would stop taking things personally. I would not be afraid of the what ifs. I would not be afraid to be myself and to be true to my beliefs. I would stand taller, humbly and confidently. I would give more; more love, more money, more of me. I would not hide behind me. I wouldn’t water myself down so you can handle me. You may be judging me right now or thinking you can’t relate, but we all can to some degree. Even if we think we are living our best life, there are things we would do differently if we knew today would be our last.
This has inspired me to challenge myself to truly live each day as if it was my last. I’m sure I will need reminders. I challenge you to do the same. Forgive that person, call your loved one, write the book, join the group, step out of your routine and comfort, quit the job, start the business, buy the house, follow your heart, believe in your dreams and pursue it, be there for someone. Whatever those things are for you, do them and do them for as long as we are given the gift to do so! Better to have lived life fully to your greatest and truest potential and have learned than to have not lived enough and regret it!
Start each day with the question, if today were my last day here, how would I live it? What would I do differently? What will I do differently? I will start by changing all my I woulds to I wills.