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What If You Died TOMORROW?

The classic question:

"If you could know when you were going to die, would you want to?"


In other words:

If you were faced with the fear of your mortality, how would you live your life differently?



That question can easily be received as a fear-based question,

weaponizing your mortality to scare you into making the most of every day, at all times, to the utmost. It can land as a prompt to get ou and DO something! For some people, that's their baseline. They are constantly driven to go, go, go! And all the better for them. Personally, I take issue with that.


You see, I am not a hyper-active person. I tend to be quite sedentary–and I like it that way. Yes, there are times when enough is enough of stillness and I fully-recognize when it's time to get up, move, and "do something." But I actually pride myself on my low "do something meter." It doesn't take much for me to feel satisfied with socializing and adventuring. And, more often than not, the times I doubt myself (See Previous Blog: "The Function of Doubt") for being so...mellow. It's easy to look around and see so many people, so busy with actively–even frantically–utilizing their youth, and wonder, "What's wrong with me? Why don't I feel the same urge to keep GOOOOING?"


Well, I'm blessed to have busy and adventurous friends in my life. If I participate in even one-tenth of their daily lives, I feel quite fulfilled. Obviously we're talking about a level of introversion vs. extroversion, but there's a whole world of solo adventures introverts can go on as well. What I'm trying to say is: when is it enough? And, more importantly, when is it enough for you?



But enough of that, How about a love-based question?


Instead of when you were going to die,

what if you could know when you were going to...

...fall in love?

...have a kid?

...let go of a burden you've been carrying your whole life?



Instead of knowing when your life was going to END...what if you could know when it was going to CHANGE? If you could know when if was going to IMPROVE? If you could know the exact moment when you were going to trade some freedoms for others, some securities for others, when you were going to make a decision to EVOLVE?



...THEN how would you live your life differently?


"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."


– Dao De Jing, Poem 44, trans. Stephen Mitchell




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