I warned you. Remember? I told you last week that this week I’m going to get philosophical, so here goes – me at my philosophical best. 🙂
“Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”
When I first read this quote, I thought : “WOW! How very profound. That is how one should live!”
Uhmmmm, people, think about it…you can’t live like that. The first part is fine. “Dream as if you’ll live forever”. It is good. Dream. Don’t ever stop dreaming, please! When you are eighty and you still haven’t seen the Taj Mahal, or the Northern Lights, dream about it! Plan your trip. As long as you’re breathing – dream and try and make your dreams come true!
But, how can you live every day as if you’re going to die tomorrow? What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth? Spend it with your family, or book a ticket to Alaska to quickly go see the Lights? Quickly write your will because you haven’t had time before? Write letters to people you still have things to say to, but they’re too far to go and see them? Make thing right with the brother/sister/father you haven’t seen for twenty years? Call everybody you know, to talk to them one last time?
I don’t know what I’ll do, I only know that it will probably not be the best day of my life. It will be a frantic day of ‘lasts’, I think. And to do all of that every day, is not the way I would like to live.
Stupid, stupid woman…I can just about hear you say that. 🙂 I’m being too literal, aren’t I? 😉 I don’t know who uttered these well-known words first, but he/she probably only meant that one should live one’s life to the full, every day. And YES! I would like to live like that! Doing what I love, all the time, every day! Taking pictures all the time, posting a new blog at least once every day, going to the movies, visiting with friends – oh, what bliss!!!!
But the reality is that very, very few people can do that. If any. Because real life just isn’t like that. Life is also to have to go to work, to have to go grocery shopping, to look after a sick child, to clean your house, to make your bed. If you don’t do all of that, and you don’t die tomorrow, what is your house going to look like? In what state will your finances be?
Maybe all he/she meant was: whatever you do – do it to the very best of your ability. Give your all at work. Love with passion. Write from your heart. Say ‘YES’ to challenges. Say ‘NO’ to fear. Smile as much as possible. Laugh. If there’s a song on the radio you love, turn up the volume. Dance or sing or both.
Is that what this person meant when first uttering those words? I think so. What do you think?