Live A Life Of Intention – You Are Going To Die

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You are going to die.

Trust me on this. It’s the side effect of being alive.

The most depressing story I read this week was of a 66-year-old woman who was jogging. She was likely healthy, fit, and likely to live to 90 while doing yoga poses on a roof somewhere tropical.

She was hit by a car and died.

That means if you do everything right, if you take all the steps you should to future-proof your life, if you do all the things to extend your time on earth, YOU ARE STILL GOING TO DIE.

The problem is, you don’t truly believe that YOU will die

If you truly believed that, you would go back to school and learn the things you want to learn. You would open the business you want to open. You would break up with your cheating boyfriend. You would buy the ticket to Mexico. You would go visit your Grandma. You would check in on your best friend.

You would do all those things because you were 100% sure that you would die.

But you don’t. You put those things off into the magical land called “tomorrow”. A place you’ve never seen and, quite frankly, aren’t entirely sure exists. But you trust so much that you will not die that you do not live a life of intention and purpose. You trust that next week, next month, next year, will be enough time to do the things you want to do.

You don’t cut your toxic friend out of your life because you think you can do it next week. You don’t go to the dentist because you can go next month. You don’t go to see the doctor because you can go next year.

“Yeah Yoo, sometimes I don’t have the money to go to the dentist or the doctor right now. Anyway, didn’t you tell me I’m going to die? What’s the point?!”

So glad you asked.

“Death is more universal than life. Everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

Alan Sachs

You absolutely will die. But you’ll need to preserve your teeth and your good health until you get there. And you will get there whether you shuffle through life or you live with intention. You will die, but the choice to live with intention, and purpose, and teeth is all yours.

Living with intention hurts. And it is filled with failure and difficulty and disappointment. But it is also filled with joy, and excitement and achievement. Choose that life. Choose a life of intention.

“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”

― Banksy

Live a little longer. Get up and live a life of intention.

Let me know in the comments how you plan to live a life of intention this week. Writing it is a commitment. And you are too much of a rock star to disappoint yourself. 

8 thoughts on “Live A Life Of Intention – You Are Going To Die

  1. I’m going to travel fir the first time after not vacationing since I’ve left Community College over 8 years ago and after never using my vacation time since I graduated University and entered the world of work. I am going to spend some of the money that I’ve certainly worked so hard to earn, without kicking myself and telling myself about all the other “more important things” I can do with it. I am going to enjoy the life I’ve toiled so hard to make comfortable.

  2. That quote by Banksy, ouch.

    That aside, ‘live like you’re dying’ is my mantra. Every now and then I assess if I’m ready for death. If I’ve kissed my baby enough, if my family knew how awesome the were, if I mentored enough people. Death is on my mind, because it’s a reality. So I rock out every holiday, with a trip to the beach, I turn up family vacations. I kiss booboos, and Rea stories, and I see my parents as often as I can. Because, tomorrow may very well be it…

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