“When was the last time you laughed with a friend till your sides hurt or dropped the kids off with a sitter and went away for an entire weekend? More to the point, if your life ended tomorrow, what would you regret not doing? If this were the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you’re spending it today?
I once passed a billboard that caught my attention. It read, ‘He who dies with the most toys is still dead.’ Anyone who has ever come close to death can tell you that at the end of your life, you probably won’t be reminiscing about how many all-nighters you pulled at the office or how much your mutual fund is worth. The thoughts that linger are the ‘if only’ questions, like Who could I have become if I had finally done the things I always wanted to do?
The gift of deciding to face your mortality without turning away or flinching is the gift of recognizing that because you will die, you must live now. Whether you flounder or flourish is always in your hands – you are the single biggest influence in your life.
Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.”
~ Excerpt from What I know For Sure, Oprah Winfrey