We’ve been told a million times that life is short and we should live each moment to the fullest. It’s been said so many times we don’t really listen to this message anymore.
But there are days that remind you that things can change in a few seconds and maybe you should listen to this message more carefully. It can be the sudden death of a friend of the family only a few weeks after she retired. It can be the sickness of a loved one. The last time for me was reading about the death of Scott Dinsmore, the founder of Live your Legend. Even though I didn’t know him personally, it made me really sad. Not in the same way this has devastated his family’s and loved ones lives (and for that I’m sincerely sorry for your loss). No, for those who didn’t know him, this triggers something else.
Scott was someone who lived his life to its fullest and helped others do the same. With Live your Legend he made a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world helping them find a job they loved. And these terrible news made me wonder if I really am living my life the way I want to. If I am doing what matters to me and not what I think I SHOULD do. If I haven’t left my dreams somewhere, telling myself they would happen someday. Are you asking yourself these same questions?
Do you feel like something has to change? That your priorities have to change? That you have to find a way to live your life more mindfully and consciously? Disconnect the automatic pilot and take back the driver’s seat? Maybe you really hate your job. Maybe you’re drowning in too many projects and feel overwhelmed. Maybe you’re not spending enough quality time with the people you love. Maybe there are too many things you keep doing because you’re used to or feel obligated to do them, not because you want to.
I know what you’re thinking. We can’t always do what we want. And I’m not that naive, I know you can’t always do pleasant things that you love, but do you really have to keep doing all those stuff that don’t matter to you? Reflecting on death, I realized how much I really love my life and how happy I am to have managed to find a way I can do what’s really important for me. What is lacking however, is the big dream. I remember being in the subway a few years ago, reading a book called 80 people to change the world (in French). Some guy read the title and told me “stop dreaming, you can’t change the world”. Can’t I really? People are doing it every day. Changing the world doesn’t have to be finding a cure for cancer or something that big. It can be as Scott Dinsmore said, doing work you love. Because If you do, this will affect others in ways you can’t imagine.
I want my life to matter. I want to change the world in my own way, make a difference. I want to impact the lives of others in a way only I can. I’m already doing it through the various projects I’m working on. And I do hope this blog makes a difference in some people lives. And what I plan to turn this into will impact even more people.
If that matters to you, try thinking of a way you can start doing things differently. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing, but one baby step taking you one step closer to your big dream. Let someday be today.
But as you do that, be grateful, look at what you are already blessed with, no matter how small a thing. Take stock of those good things. It will open your mind to possibilities you hadn’t seen before because you’ll start noticing.
Each year during my annual weekend with my brothers and sister, we ask ourselves “If I died tomorrow, would I have any regrets? “. I’m happy to say every year I’ve said no. And you what would be your answer? If your answer is yes, what can you do to turn this into a no next year? Share that in the comments section below.