'Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.'
- Pope Paul VI
The following excerpts are from a piece entitled, ‘You Only Have So Many Tomorrows’, meant for those who make it to their golden years. We’ve highlighted some regrets that may serve advantageous to those of you who have just begun to live …
It's so easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?
Don't become a doctor/lawyer/nurse/therapist just because it's what your family or friends expect of you.
Doing something you love to do is deeply, emotionally satisfying. Remember, if you love your work, you'll never work a day in your life!
We're always busy working, doing chores, talking on the phone, texting, surfing the internet or playing video games.
Put down all of the devices; leave work and chores to tomorrow; and enjoy this moment in time to its fullest.
Wake up and realize that financial success or career accomplishment doesn't necessarily equal a happy, fulfilled life.
… research has shown that eating healthy, exercising more, and staying away from bad habits like smoking and drinking too much will keep you healthier.
The consequences of taking people for granted are always difficult to deal with.
The saying "You don't know what you have until it's gone" is one of the most truthful statements ever made.
Whether it's your spouse, friend, family member, child, your health or simply your youth, appreciate every single one no matter how trivial it may be.
When singer Warren Zevon, was asked after his diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 55 what advice he could give to people, his simple answer was, "Enjoy every sandwich."
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'I could die doing what I love, but I could also die never having really lived. To me, that would have been a far greater tragedy.' - Jay Austin
Jay really lived .. up until the very moment he was intentionally brutally murdered in a terrorist attack while cycling the world.
Jay lost his life simply because he was an American.
May 1st, 1989 - July 29th, 2018