If you had one year left from today to live, what would you do?
What would become important to you if you knew you only had 12 months left in which to do everything that is important to you?
Where would you go, who would you spend time with, what would you read, listen to, talk about.
Would you have adventures, travelling the world and seeing as many of the wonders the planet has to offer as possible?
Would you spend more or less time working? Would you spend more or less time with those you love, doing the things you love?
What dreams have you always had that you would love to fulfil before day 365?
Who would you forgive? What would you want to say that fear or pride stop you saying? What bridges would you repair that you burned along the way in life?
What would your relationship with yourself be like? With your concept of God/spirit/divinity?
What legacy would you want to leave, what would you like your impact to be on the world?
What would you be able to forgive yourself for? What mistakes from the past would suddenly seem inconsequential?
Thinking about death is perceived as morbid and depressing, but the fact is that we all have limited life spans, not one of us, nor any of the greats in history, have achieved immortality in this physical form yet. Death is the only inevitability of this life – everything else is a choice.
The questions above are a great way to really focus in on what is important to you right now. It might be that your burning passion IS your work, and if you only had 12 months to live you would really ramp it up so that your legacy WAS your work.
You might decide that there are some dreams, pastimes, passions, friends and loved ones that you would want to spend more time with in that one year, if you knew it was all you had.
We live as if we have forever to live, yet the truth is that life is fleeting and fragile, and we do ourselves a great disservice in acting as if we have an infinite amount of it. While relaxation and down time is vital for health and wellbeing, are we really taking care of health and wellbeing when we ‘kill time’?
Take some time to sit with those questions and see what comes up for you. You may find that there is a massive misalignment with what you do and what is important to you. If this is the case, I would invite you to look at how you can shift those priorities a little, and make sure that you are making time for the things that nourish your soul as well as doing the things you “must” do in life.
In the 21 DAys to Balance Self Discovery Challenge you can start to explore who you are and what is important to you in life. You will learn some simple strategies to calm the mind and body, to turn your gaze inward and really get to know yourself, and to help you relax properly. Relaxation and self awareness are vital if you are to achieve your best in life. Find out more about this free challenge here, or register below to get started!
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(thank you to Max Strom, whose beautiful audio book, ‘A Life Worth Breathing‘ inspired this post)