What would you do if you only had a few months to live?
How would you spend your time?
Who would you surround yourself with?
What words would you be sure you said?
We hear story after story of lives that change in a heartbeat: the 35 year old man who drops dead of a heart attack, the woman suddenly diagnosed with a terminal illness, the family killed in a car accident. These stories shake us. We share them and say things like, "Life is short."
And then we go right back to wasting our time.
We stare at our phones. We date the wrong people. We worry about the extra ten pounds or the thinning hair or the wrinkles.
We don't take time to simply sit outside and breath in the sweet air, to be warmed by the sun. We don't linger in bed smelling our lover's skin as night stretches into morning stretches into afternoon. We don't grab our children's cotton-candy-sticky hands and run with them to the roller coaster. We don't say yes to the things that bring us joy, the things that evoke our passions, the people who truly matter.
How old are you today?
How many years do you have left?
How many days do you have?
100? 30? 10?
You don't know.
What would you do?
And why aren't you doing it?