OK, a few random thoughts that I’ll connect in a second:
- We live in a world with massive numbers of distractions (if you are in front of a computer, there are millions and millions of websites that are just a few clicks away).
- I’m always looking for ways to motivate myself to work on projects that are important to me but aren’t urgent, or that involve discomfort in some way, or for some other reason I don’t wake up and want to do them immediately.
- So those distractions become, well, distractions.
- One of the reasons that we don’t think about our mortality is because it’s an unknown. We don’t know when we are going to kick the bucket, so we can’t wrap our heads around it.
- Because we can’t wrap our heads around our mortality, it’s easy to get sucked in by distractions because we think we’ll have time to work on whatever projects we want to…later (the infamous someday).
But what if you knew when you were going to die? What if you truly understood the exact endpoint – your exact endpoint – and how much time you had left? What would you do differently.
I thought this morning, “What if I knew that I was going to live to 100? No more, no less. I’m going to come to a screeching halt in September of 2076. Would I surf the internet for 10 minutes today? Would I play Xbox 360?”
The answer that came to me was that I still might play some Xbox, but I’m going to really enjoy the heck out of it. I don’t think it would cause me to change everything overnight, but there are definitely some things I would do differently, or some I might completely drop.
This might sound morbid, but it’s not. Most of us aren’t even going to live to 100, so I’m giving myself a ton of time. I’m not saying tomorrow is my last day so I better “Carpe diem”. This idea lets me truly understand that the time I have is finite, and I need to treat it as such.
Imagine your 100th birthday. Imagine that it will be the last one you get.
What will you do differently today?