Don’t Wait Until the End to Wake Up to Your Life

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live,” Natalie Babitt once said.  The experience of having a family member or a close friend pass away is horrible.  Most people cannot help put asking things like “What happened” or “Why them.”

Check out the tips below to make sure you get the most of your life before it is too late.

1. Slow things down

Multitasking on a regular basis indeed helps achieve things faster, but it also causes you to miss out a lot of things in life.  Just stop for a second and think about life and how temporary really is.  This will help you realize how valuable every single minute of every day is.  It is very important to slow things down in order to get the most of life and enjoy it to the fullest.

2. Talk openly about mortality

Thinking about death is scary, and people avoid thinking about it or discussing it with others for a good reason. As a matter of fact, many people find it difficult to talk about mortality at funerals. But, it is crucial to understand and come to terms with the fact that mortality is inevitable.  Learning to talk about it openly is beneficial as it helps you cherish every single minute of your life.

3. Always have purpose and meaning as a person

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”  This is the most common regret of patients on their death beds.  It is true that it can be quite productive to think about what you would regret the most if you died soon. The chances are that this type of thinking will encourage you to take action and cross regrets off your list.

4. Acknowledge and accept that nothing in life is certain

Accepting uncertainty is crucial in order to plan for near and distant future. If you plan one outcome and expect it to unfold, you will be unprepared for what comes to pass 99 percent of the time.  Plus, embracing uncertainty will help you avoid the issues of being a perfectionist.  Doing so will also boost your ability to adjust to a wide plethora of circumstances and situations.

5. Love deeply

Another regret of people on their death beds is not having been able to tell someone how they felt about them.  This is something many people regret when that person passes away, too.  To avoid this, tell the people you love that you love them regularly.  Furthermore, tell them specifically why you love them.  As little as an email or text can eliminate potential regrets in the future. Note that small acts of kindness are extremely important, sometimes even more significant than the expressions of love that occur on a regular basis.