Some say the young believe themselves immortal. When our whole lives seem to be ahead of us, it feels like there is plenty of time to do whatever we intend to do.
But we know the mortality rate is 100% in the long run. More than 3 million people died last year in the United States, about 1 person in 100.
And in our experience, many people coming to grips with their own mortality come to believe that life is short—no matter their age.
If it’s true, then how do you fill in the blank? “Life is short, I better ___________.”
In the prior chapter of my life, we filled in the blank with “we better have a little fun every day.” That’s still appropriate in this chapter, but I ponder what else fits in the blank these days.
Interestingly, some things are so basic to our natures they go without saying. A person who is consistently kind and empathetic to others might not think to fill in the blank with “be kind” because it is assumed. So thinking about how you might fill in the blank is another way to be intentional about how you live, to do things on purpose.
Maybe that’s what all this is about. By the end of the road, I’d like to know that I meant the things I did and did the things I meant to.
How about you?
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