My intention is not to freak you out, make you depressed by asking you ‘What would you do if you knew you were going to Die?”
Why I am asking this question?
I am at a point where I making a big transition in my life by moving back home to Cape Town after being in the UK for 11 years. And every time I doubt myself I remember what I felt when I was in hospital last year.
Last year I had an ablation on my heart to correct a rare condition called Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome, commonly known as ‘Sudden Death’. I am pleased to say that everything went well and the procedure was successful. However, there was a moment where I was waiting to go into surgery when the reality of death was blatant. Although the chances of me dying during the procedure were less than 0.6%. I couldn’t help face the reality that I am mortal and one day I will die.
The day after the procedure was successfully completed I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that one day I am going to die. And this experience was one of the most valuable I have ever had. Because I really, I am mean really, started questioning what I was doing with my life.
Steve Jobs said, “Death is very likely to be the single best invention of life because death is life’s change agent”.
He also said, “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.”
From that moment on I dedicated my life to doing what I love without compromise and continuously ask myself ‘What am I going to do in this moment now that I know I am going to Die?”.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, or the next week, or next month or perhaps 12 months time. What would you do differently? Would you being doing the same work? How would your relationships change? What would you do in your spare time? What would you do in this moment if you knew you were going to Die?”.
Acknowledging that you are mortal will give you the courage to give a stranger a compliment, ask a person out on a date, tell someone that you love them, apologise for something you have done, forgive someone who has done you wrong and make you go on that adventure that you have kept putting off.
After all, you don’t want to be in the moment when you are facing death regretting the things you haven’t done.
The next time you heart tells you to do something and your mind butts in with excuses or fear. Remember that one day you are going to die. So, take that leap, follow your heart and do what you would love to do in that moment. Before it’s too late.
Love and Magic,
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