You gaze up at the ceiling for the umpteenth time, cursing this place, cursing the pain. The speckled dots stained yellow and gray from years gone by flaunt before you in mockery. Somehow your old age of 95 is mirrored by the canvas of filth, stained by a long history of many patients before you, who likely spent just as many hours engulfed by the same misery.
Life has been so unfair. As the rage builds, so does the sharp pain stabbing through each and every square inch of your body. By now the cancer has spread and despite an IV pumping every palliative drug into you, the pain is raw. And it runs deep. By far, the worst pain runs where no drug can chase away the agony. In the depths of your soul, you experience regret in epidemic proportions. Your life flashes before you as you fearfully acknowledge that your remaining days are very few.
You think of others you’ve known who lived in the moment, seized opportunities whenever possible and died a happy death. The rage is so real you can taste it and you can’t help feel like the 10-year old boy who missed out on the birthday party of the year. You missed the fun. The ache of loss is a painful slap across your face as you consider the implications of throwing it all away. The worst part: you can’t go back and change it.
I recently received an e-book titled “Life Expectancy” by William Kieper from someone I admire greatly for his extraordinary success as a coach, Steve Hardison. Here’s what I really love about the e-book: it speaks directly to my own personal worldview. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be reading something that speaks my “language”.
Kieper’s book is filled with alarming statistics around mortality and the reality that our days are, in fact, numbered. That being true, living our lives to the maximum is an urgent matter. We may all know this as a fact but have we really absorbed the implications? Have we really taken the time to evaluate what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, in all aspects of our lives?
Kieper makes reference to a sociological survey of fifty people, all aged 95 years or older, who were asked the question, “If you could live your life over, what would you do differently?” Here are three of the key findings that Kieper illustrates in his book:
- I would take more risks
- I would be more reflective
- I would create a legacy
In my personal journey, I’ve always evaluated my life based on how I might look back on it at the age of 95. Would my life be worth celebrating? Do I want to take regret with me to my grave? Hardly! And so my life is rich beyond words, deeply fulfilling, and love radiates at its core. Even now, at the mere age of 34, I can look back with contentment and know that my life has been rich beyond measure.
What about you? Will you be the old man mentioned above or will you be joyful in the knowledge that you truly lived? Now’s your chance to decide.
My greatest passion in life is to help others live their lives with purpose, meaning and utter fulfillment.
Is your life filling you up inside?
If you hesitate, we need to talk! Life is too short and too precious to waste.
I care so much about this issue that I want to help others reach out for a better, richer, and more meaningful life. Yes, that means you. Contact me for a complimentary session so we can explore how your life is working for you! Don’t delay – the clock is ticking…