“I know I was born, and I know that I’ll die. But the in-between is mine. I.Am.Mine.” ~ Eddie Vedder
If you were able to know the precise moment you would draw your last breath on this beautiful planet—would you want to know?
If you said, “yes”—is it because you would know exactly how much time you have left to do all of those things that are still in your heart?
Well, what if the answer was tonight—or even tomorrow?
How would you feel?
Would you feel satisfied by the life that you have lived up until this point? Or would your heart break, knowing that you would be leaving behind so many unaccomplished dreams, kisses that were never experienced and opportunities that were shelved for a more convenient time?
The magical truth is that none of us know when we will die, yet we continually put things off, as if we will live forever
This life is precious, because we have only one.
Regardless of spiritual beliefs, even if our souls are reincarnated, we will never again have this body and therefore these specific lessons to help advance our overall spiritual growth.
One of the aspects of the human psyche that has always fascinated me is that we are aware that our time here is limited, and we know that those we love won’t be here forever.
Yet we block that thought, because it is too big at times—and instead, we come up with excuses as to why we don’t take more chances and why we don’t rush towards whatever makes our blood race and our hearts pound.
We believe that these aspects of life are the mirrors in a fun house—that their only job is to distract us from our true mission in life.
But what if we are only here to discover what we truly love?
What if being born into this life isn’t about learning anything—but about unlearning everything that we have been told is important.
Money then becomes an illusion of status.
Expensive material objects are only things that expedite the deception and detract from what our souls truly came here to accomplish.
What if everything that we thought we needed really isn’t what we want at all?
The truth is that sometimes it’s easier to bury our heads in the sand than to realize that maybe this is what it’s all about.
That our soul purpose here on this planet is to discover love—the love of our self, our world, our friends, our family, and of course, that of a romantic partner.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest height of any spiritual quest is love.
That highest level of being in a state of spiritual bliss is achieved because that individual has taken the very aspects of love itself and manifested those feelings through his or her own being and therefore radiates it out into the world.
There is no room left for hate, jealousy, prejudice or any other low frequency vibrational feeling.
The truth is—enlightenment is love.
In the last moments of our lives, it isn’t our wallets or cars that we want around us—it’s the hand of someone who loves us, serving as a guide as we pass from this world to the next.
That alone should direct us towards what most matters in this life.
So, if you were told that you would die on March 1st of this year—how would you spend your last few days?
Would you be carefully planning your financial future? Or would you be willing to risk it all for what pulls on your heart?
We don’t want to think about the tough questions, but sometimes the only way to truly realize what is important is to also think about if we would live differently in our last days.
And if we would—then why aren’t we living that way now?
If you hear that your death date is March 1st—whose face pops into your mind as someone you’d like to spend some of your final days with?
Who makes your heart turn somersaults within your chest and your knees shake?
What memories would you want to create in your final days, and what lasting imprints would you want to leave behind on this world?
The truth is, that it shouldn’t take thinking about dying to really give us the clarity on how to live.
For each one of us has a truth buried deep within our hearts—one that not even the skepticism of pain or the fragility of life can take away from.
It beats there, plundering our minds until we choose to grasp a hold of the only thing that we know for certain—that there are no guarantees in this life.
None of us know if we have 24 hours or 60 more years left to roam this crazy and amazing world—but deep down, we do know what matters most to us.
We know what makes life feel just a little bit fuller, and we know what or who we love.
It’s just a matter of cutting away all the extraneous details, so we can focus on the only thing that really does—love.
For those of us that have no desire to know our death date—is it because we are satisfied by our choices? Or because we don’t want the pressure of knowing that we only have a limited time to do all of those things we had hoped to accomplish?
I am one of those people who doesn’t want to know when my last sunrise will be—not because I fear death, but because my greatest fear is an unlived life.
I still feel like a work in progress, and I don’t think that I have yet to complete my life’s purpose—although I am confident that I am working towards it.
In many ways, it seems as if I’ve only begun writing my story.
But the truth is, we never know when the end is going to come for any of us—which is why we all need to make this time, our time.
We need to seize each and every moment and chance at happiness.
We need to spend less time in boardrooms and more time on the beach.
Less time arguing and more time kissing.
We need to spend less time thinking about what if and more time saying: why not?
At the end of our life, whether it’s tomorrow or decades from now—the only thing that will have mattered is that we loved and were loved in return.
Because love truly is all there is.
“If you love something, love it completely—cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite & fragile & just because something is there for one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all. ~ ilovemylsi.com
Author: Kate Rose
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina