Be Weird and Live Like You’re Dying

I am going to die.

Maybe not today, tomorrow, this year, or even 50 years from now but one day I am going to run out of breath. One day I will come to the end of my time on the earth and my legacy will be left and there will be nothing more I can do, say, or be to change it.

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I know what you are thinking.

Thanks Donloree! What an uplifting Sunday morning thought…way to encourage and motivate. Gold star.

Death is something we rarely think about as we move through our days half living out our passions and purposes because ‘there is always tomorrow‘.

Tomorrow may or may not come.

This morning I ran across an article on the top 5 regrets of the dying. As I read through the article, none of the regrets surprised me. What did surprise me is that I am on a path to have most of the same regrets.

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

It is time to live courageously.

Courageous living: The act of not caring about what people think, what you don’t have, and what is socially acceptable in the circles that you run in; rather finding your purpose and passions and then living them out with your whole heart, life, and being.

What if we actually risked being happy, telling people that we loved them, and chased our dreams?

  • It opens us up to being hurt.

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When we avoid pain and hurt we avoid living our whole life. Dreaming, not pushing for acceptance, not making more money to buy things to impress people that don’t matter, saying how you truly feel, and being vulnerable with friends are risky actions, yet they are the actions that bring color and vibrancy to life.

What if discomfort and pain brings more life to the living? Would it be worth it? 

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  1. Definitely- being thankful for the life we have helps us to make the most of it. Great post!

  2. I read this same article this morning. Guilty x 5 I am. I think if #1 and #3 are fulfilled, then the others will fall into place. I think about this every day. #thinkbutnotact

    Thank you!

    • I get sucked into the stupid things in life way too often. As I swim through life, I come up for air and look forward to see if I am still going the right direction…usually not. Over the years I have become stronger as I continue to swim upstream and course corrections are slowly getting less drastic.
      Progress is progress?

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