One Day, You Will Die.
You are born with one limitation. One day you will die.
I’d like you to think about how beautiful that is.
Death is the only thing that will definitely happen to you for the rest of your life. Nothing else that happens is guaranteed: not love, taxes, or even growing old.
Everything else either happens by chance, or, by your efforts.
What Does That Mean?
It means you can spend your life pursuing anything you want to. No matter what anyone else tells you. If you want to walk the earth and give up all material possessions in search of happiness, start walking. If you want to be a graphic designer, start practicing.
What About External Conditions?
Geography and politics do exist. I concede that a person born in North Korea has difficult obstacles. Here in the United States, no boundaries like that exist.
What About Mental Or Physical Impairments?
I said nothing about it being easy. It’s not easy. Pursuing your dream is the hardest thing you may ever do. Whether or not you choose to view those conditions as limitations – or obstacles – is entirely up to you. I believe that how you view them makes all the difference.
You can tell yourself that life has dealt you a raw deal, and that you will never be able to do ______. Or, you can ______ to the best of your ability using what you’ve got, and see what happens.
That much is a choice. Death is not your choice. You will die.
What About Depression And Suicide?
If you are depressed and considering suicide, it is likely that this article will not be interesting to you. You don’t care about all of the wonderful things you can choose to do with your life today, and every day. You don’t care about anything at all.
I will only ask you to be patient and think about this later. There’s no rush to hasten your death. Death will visit you one day whether you want it to or not.
You may not feel like bearing the pain any longer right now, but right now does not last forever.
When Will It Get Better?
A fair question. I’m not blindly optimistic. If you are in that last category of people then you need professional help and treatment right away. It might be a lifelong process.
Realizing your potential is a lifelong process – for all of us – whether we’re sick or not. I haven’t reached mine yet.
What I am promising you is, that the journey is worth it, if you take it.
If you don’t have a terrible illness or debilitating impairment, what limitations are you putting on yourself?
The thing you are short on is time. From today, until the day you die, the rest is up to you. You get to decide who you spend your days with and what you spend them doing.
I think that’s a beautiful thing.
Death does not scare me. I wrote a whole post about it. I feel like it is going to be an adventure. The last final unknown of the world.
I’m not so sure that I will be expecting an adventure post-mortem; for now I think I’ll make the most of my time here 🙂 … Do you have the link to your post? I’d love to read it.