The “Live Like You’re Dying” Challenge

Here’s a question for you: if you were to not wake up tomorrow, would you have lived today any differently? My guess is that 99.9% of us would say yes. Most days, I would be doing things completely differently than I do now if I had the knowledge that tomorrow wouldn’t come.

 

But here’s the funny thing (which 99.9% of us already know anyways) – we aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow.

Not a single one of us. There’s no promised future, nothing that says we will live to be 75, 80, or 90 years old. So if we already know that, then why do we live each day as if we think we’ll never die?

 

I challenged myself to spend one entire day viewing my life as if I was truly going to not wake up tomorrow.

I spent it doing things that made me happy, things I genuinely enjoy, things that bring me joy. I spent time with the people I care about the most. I was outside most of the day, and breathed in the air like it was my last breath. I watched the sunrise and the sunset and knew there was no way I could ever memorize the beauty of this world to take with me, but that I could allow myself to simply be taken away by it in the moment. I cried during my yoga practice because it was so damn beautiful. I was fully present, soaking in as much life as I could.

 

So, I challenge you to ask yourself: If this were your last day on earth, what would you do?

Who would you spend it with? What would you want to complete? What would you want to leave behind? What would your parting words be for the rest of us? In case today really is my last, here are mine:

 

You, just as you are, are a gift to the world, and your life is a miracle. You came into this world perfect and you will leave it the same way. You saw that this all mattered so immensely, yet understood that none of it mattered at all, and in that you were enlightened.

 

You are making a difference. Just by being here, by being YOU, you are changing the world. You are powerful. The simple fact of your existence is inspiring and empowering.

 

You aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow, and yesterday is a waste of energy. The secret to life is the present. It’s the sun rising over a lake and the water reflecting the heavens back to you. It’s the sound of birds chirping in a tree high above you, it’s the air flowing around you, it’s the ground beneath your feet. It’s the fire crackling in the fireplace, the smile from your loved ones, the pause in between your breath. It’s the call from a friend you haven’t spoken to in months, it’s the smell of a freshly cooked meal, it’s the moment when your stomach tightens up from laughing so hard. It’s saying, “I love you.” It’s knowing that love is really all there is anyways.

 

You arrive from and return to love.

 

So while you can, be aware. Be conscious. Show up. Live, like it’s the only thing you can do, because tomorrow you won’t be. Or maybe you will. Who knows. 🙂

 

Love over everything ❤

 

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