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Published 19th March 2020

Now more than ever, this piece that I wrote on Medium in 2016 seems relevant to the times in which we are living. I republish it verbatim here below. –Marc

While flicking through Facebook on the 1st of Jan, I came across something like:

“why does everybody want to celebrate that we are one year closer to our death today?”

A bit of a pessimistic viewpoint — sure — but definitely thought provoking. Time rolls forward and it never comes back — fact. It is a harsh reality of life we cannot escape.

Surely then that is a reason to celebrate every moment that we have, let alone only the start of a new year? Making the most of the time we have, is the best way to do it then, instead of hurtling through life waiting for things to ‘happen’; hoping for a ‘better’ day; a ‘better’ year.

Steve Jobs realised the great power of death and the effect it has on ones priorities, as he explains in his Stanford address:

“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.”

― Steve Jobs

Mother Teresa, whose home in Calcutta I had the pleasure of visiting recently puts it even more succinctly:

“We fear the future because we are wasting the today”

— Mother Teresa

Paulo Coelho also sums it up nicely:

One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

― Paulo Coelho

Why do we have to wait till death threatens to want to get the most out of life? Some research was done on the most common regrets for people who have reached the end if their lives (the top 5 regrets of the dying) :

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier

How are we going to spend our time this year? Maybe for once we should make the resolution to make no resolutions. The more we think about the future the more we waste the present. Instead of hoping in tomorrow we should believe in today. We should live each day to the fullest and not postponing the adventures, challenges and opportunities that life throws our way. From now. Day by day. No excuses. No regrets.

Happy 2016!

Originally published on Medium